WaterTowns™ was initially made possible through the generous three-year commitment by the Fred A. and Barbara M. Erb Family Foundation. Additional financial support was provided by the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition, the Michigan Departmen of Environmental Quality Coastal Zone Management Program, River Network, ITC Holdings and REI.
In 2014, CRWC began a partnership with the Lawrence Tech Great Lakes Stormwater Management Institute to study the Green Infrastructure potential in WaterTowns communities. Each community studied was presented with an a la carte menu of GI choices with graphic renderings and cost estimates associated with each idea. The purpose for breaking down each design was so that the community could sort out which costs would be achievable over a period of time and to budget appropriately for installation and match dollars for potential grants when they become available.