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Greater Lakes: A Practical Guide to Implementing Integrated Water Resources Management & the Role of Green Infrastructure.

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Greater Lakes: Reconnecting the Great Lakes Water Cycle is pleased to release A Practical Guide to Implementing Integrated Water Resources Management & the Role of Green Infrastructure.

Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc. developed this guide for our project. Its aim is to help municipalities that are considering implementing integrated water resources management to gain an understanding the value of and what is involved in creating an IWRM plan. The Guide provides a description of the planning steps to go through, a summary of the type of information that should be considered, and a series of questions that can guide a municipality to a logical position.  The guide puts a particular focus on the role of green infrastructure in IWM. The Guide can be found on the Greater Lakes project at http://glc.org/files/GreaterLakes-ECT-IWM-How-To-Guide-Final-20160510.pdf.

We’d appreciate feedback on any use that you make of this Guide.
Please share this Guide with others who you think may be interested and put a link to it on your website.
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We have just released a reporting entitled “Making Cents from Integrated Water Management: Financial Considerations for Municipalities Related to Water Conservation and Green Infrastructure” Thanks to all of you for the comments you made on the first draft. The report is available at http://glc.org/files/projects/greaterlakes/GreaterLakes-Financial-Implications-Summary-Report-20160513.pdf.
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Greater Lakes Green Infrastructure Optimization Tool
This on-line tool was developed for the Greater Lakes project by Environmental Consulting & Technology, Inc. to generate stormwater runoff volumes, identify the surface areas needed to manage those volumes and then compare the costs of various green management practices to manage the predicted volume. The estimates from the Greater Lakes Green Infrastructure Optimization Tool are for scoping and comparison purposes, and are intended to identify potential retention volumes. Once a management practice approach is selected, there are other tools/calculators that can provide more precision in the estimates prior to proceeding to final design. The results allow the user to make informed decisions, including cost comparisons with traditional detention basin systems when making stormwater management decisions. The on-line tool is available athttp://glc.org/projects/water-resources/greater-lakes/greater-lakes-green-infrastructure-optimization-tool/    

Please let us know if you have any questions on the tool and, above all, let us know how it works for you when you try it out. Please share this tool with your colleagues.
The detailed report on ecological impacts in the six communities we focused on and detail on green infrastructure methods and the projects we conducted in some of those municipalities: http://glc.org/files/GreaterLakes-ECT-Withdrawals-Dicharges-GI-6-Municipalities-Final-20160510.pdf
 
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Where Can I Get More Training? | Green Infrastructure | US EPA

Where Can I Get More Training? | Green Infrastructure | US EPA.

EPA is pleased to announce a brand-new webcast series on implementing green infrastructure. This page provides information on the 2014 webcast series, as well as links to archived webcasts and a summary of certification programs. To be added to a mailing list for additional training opportunities, please send an email to join-greenstream@lists.epa.gov.

First Webcast: January 7th, 2014
1:00pm – 2:30pm EST

Register!

O&M and Green:
Best Practices for Green Infrastructure Operations and Maintenance

Introduction To Wastewater Microbiology

This 2 hour online class “Introduction to WasteWater Microbiology”, has ended but contact us for future dates.

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Designed for anyone who manages wastewater systems of any size or technology requiring monitoring of biological organisms – and is not only for large municipal systems. Using stunning phase contrast electron microscope images, this is an opportunity to see & appreciate minute living organisms which form the basis of treating and recycling water. Fee is $40 with the option to purchase, at $35, a CD of slides and video resources. CD Purchase Information attached here.

Onsite Insight : U.S. Water Alliance

Onsite Insight : U.S. Water Alliance.

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Onsite Insight

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

New Urban Algae System Generates Energy While Cleaning Wastewater in Paris | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building

via New Urban Algae System Generates Energy While Cleaning Wastewater in Paris | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building.

New Urban Algae System Generates Energy While Cleaning Wastewater in Paris by Taz Loomans, 12/05/12
filed under: clean tech, News, Renewable Energy, Sustainable Building, Water Issues
 ennesys, originoil, algae harvesting, algae fuel, biofuel, cleaning wastewater,Rendering from Axel Schoenert Architecture

Ennesys, a Paris-based energy systems company and OriginOil,
an American algae harvesting company just unveiled their new urban
algae demonstration project in La Defense, near Paris. The revolutionary
system harvests energy from algae present in wastewater while filtering
the wastewater for use as graywater.

Read more: New
Urban Algae System Generates Energy While Cleaning Wastewater in Paris |
Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green
Building

via New Urban Algae System Generates Energy While Cleaning Wastewater in Paris | Inhabitat – Sustainable Design Innovation, Eco Architecture, Green Building.

Decentralized Treatment: System Features Fixed Film Media Filters, Drip Irrigation Disposal – WaterWorld

Decentralized Treatment: System Features Fixed Film Media Filters, Drip Irrigation Disposal – WaterWorld.

The project involved installation of proprietary AeroCell System from Quanics Inc. for treatment and a Geoflow Drip Irrigation system for effluent disposal.
The project involved installation of proprietary AeroCell System from Quanics Inc. for treatment and a Geoflow Drip Irrigation system for effluent disposal.

By Brian Borders

The destruction caused by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 has forever impacted the Gulf Coast. The devastation and subsequent rebuilding has led to a shift in ideology from just simply “building back” to “building better” to reduce the impact of a similar storm in the future.

The Jackson County Utility Authority, hard hit by the storm, recently began development of decentralized wastewater infrastructure in Big Point and Wade, Miss. Neel-Schaffer Engineering of Jackson, Miss., was selected as the design engineer for the projects. The firm selected a fixed film media filter as the technology of choice to provide advanced wastewater treatment, followed by drip irrigation to disperse the highly-treated wastewater back into the environment.

What to Plant | WaterSense | US EPA

What to Plant | WaterSense | US EPA.

The United States has many different climate zones and topographic and geographic features. Each state and even areas within states differ in their ability to support different plant species without the need for supplemental water and fertilizers. The following plant lists will help you identify plants appropriate for your location. When designing your landscape for water-efficiency, be sure to choose plants that are defined as low water use or drought tolerant for your area. These plant species will be able to survive in your climate with minimal, if any, need for supplemental watering. See these simple tips for water-efficient landscaping for more ideas on lowering water use in your yard.

Common Cup Countdown | safedrinkingwaterdotcom

Common Cup Countdown | safedrinkingwaterdotcom.

Common Cup Countdown

 

 

Samuel J. Crumbine

 

October 24, 2012:  Common Cup Countdown-6 days to the 100th anniversary of 1st U.S. drinking water regulation–excerpt from Kansas history.

“Homes. schools, trains, and public buildings all provided common drinking cups as had been the tradition for centuries in Europe and America. This custom especially aroused Dr. Crumbine’s ire [Samuel J. Crumbine was a public health advocate and member of the Kansas State Board of Health].