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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Online demonstration of Community Septic System Owners Guide

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On March 2, 2016, ( 2-4pm ET; 1-3pm CT; 11am – 1pm PT)

Or again on March 31, 2016, ( 2-4pm ET; 1-3pm CT; 11am – 1pm PT)

Or again on April 13, 2016, ( 2-4pm ET; 1-3pm CT; 11am – 1pm PT we invite you to this free event to hear how the Community Septic System Owners Guide Tool was developed and see an interactive demonstration of the web interface.

Many onsite wastewater systems serve clusters of homes through a shared ‘community’ system which obviously requires additional management. Delivering proper system management is key to ensuring cost-effective and long-term wastewater treatment for both new development and existing communities.

The University of Minnesota’s Onsite Sewage Treatment Program and its national partners  (including WasteWater Education 501c3) received a NIFA grant to develop a customizable Community System Owner’s Guide (CSOG) which can be developed using a web browser. Any individual can produce an expert-driven and locally-customized manual (electronic or hard-copy) CSOG for any cluster septic system in America.  

World Environmental Health Day – 6 session seminar September 26, 2014

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Every Body Deserves A Decent Throne:
Crossing the Sanitation Divide – Past, Present and Future.

Six session seminar series provided at no charge through Google Hangouts On Air.

Session 1. 10- 10.45 am ET
https://plus.google.com/events/c5a8pagbtudisb61rk20uf4523k

Dendra Best will look at the history of sanitation in the US and how that has shaped the technology of infrastructure ever since.

Session 2. 11 – 11.45 am ET https://plus.google.com/events/c2j07kdvnstis05ijsmkidjhip0

Patrick Lucey – why traditional infrastructure is now unsustainable. His bio can be found at the aqua-tex.ca web site.
See: http://aqua-tex.ca/index.php?id=2&press=1&draw_column=1:1:2

Session 3. 11.50 am ET – 12.40 pm ET
https://plus.google.com/events/cbp6bl8rf77e3kmgbufender4ak

Patrick Lucey – successful case studies of sustainable integrated water systems from Canada and the US.

Break for Lunch

Session 4. 1.30 – 2.30 pm ET
https://plus.google.com/events/cpb2ea4j9o2cqn3500jirsqukso

The reality of Sierra Leone and Guinea – Derek Reinhard and the work of DeeperMissions.org

The theme for Environmental Health Day 2014 is inequality of access. Not only does DeeperMissions work in one of the poorest regions in west Africa, it now has to deal with the massive Ebola epidemic

Session 5. 2.40pm ET – 3.20pm ET
https://plus.google.com/events/c1s6h0ajh5obbe4kgsom5oq70i8

Patrick Lucey. A better future: how to export 21st. century knowledge not 19th century thinking.

If the problem is massive, is this the time to rethink how we provide basic sanitation and clean drinking water systems both here in the West and in developing countries? The environmental, weather and financial climate is a whole new ball game from when most of these technologies were the norm. What kind of legacy are we creating for our children or grandchildren if we keep on doing the same thing?

Session 6. 3.45pm ET – 4.30pm ET
https://plus.google.com/events/c9al5e9p3j3n5mmabovd78diksg

CollaborativeWaterSolutions.com Team – relevance to both small rural communities in CA and the US as well as Haiti, Africa and S. America.

Culture, demographics, access to support structures and expertise – all play a vital role in ensuring whatever is proposed as the ‘ideal’ solution will actually be feasible AND workable in the long run. So often planning is something that is done TO a community not WITH it.

Collaborative Water Solutions was created to build on the stellar work done by Water Environment Research Foundation where a team developed the Small Community Decision Making Tool to help local leaders determine their own best options for wastewater service.

Helping Cleveland Communities | Science

Helping Cleveland Communities | Science.

Helping Cleveland Communities

2014 February 13

By Marguerite Huber

Vacant lot with dug out section for a rain garden; rest of the area covered with straw to prevent erosion.

Turning a vacant lot into a rain garden.

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