Category Archives: Integrated Water Resources

Wetland Wonderlands: Wetlands provide a number of benefits for humans, plants, and wildlife.

Swamps, marshes, and other wetland wonderlands… on this CurrentCast.

People once considered wetlands useless, as little more than soggy ground waiting to be drained and put to better use.  Now we recognize wetlands as valuable.

Besides being quiet places of safety and serene seclusion for innumerable animal, bird, and plant species, wetlands function for people in amazing ways.  They trap and hold raging floodwaters, replenish both groundwater and downstream water bodies, slow soil erosion, and filter out pesky pollutants.

Development projects have devoured millions of acres of wetlands over the past one hundred years, so it’s important that we preserve and protect the wetlands that remain.

CurrentCast is produced in partnership with Cornell’s Atkinson Center for a Sustainable Future. Learn more online at CurrentCast.org.

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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WasteWater Education welcomes Craig H. Lindell as Guest Author

Craig Lindell is a highly respected engineer and innovative thinker who consistently addresses how we need to re-think how we address sanitation issues and development both here in the US and overseas.

21629efLindell is a founding principal and former CEO of Aquapoint Inc. Aquapoint is focused on the design, implementation and operating of advanced wastewater treatment, including nutrient removal and reuse, for residential commercial industrial and municipal clients. It has also been an industry leader in designing distributed approaches to infrastructure.

The distributed approach enables communities to design infrastructure to reduce water, energy and nutrient foot prints, align the supply of infrastructure with demand, generate capital and create jobs and often pay for itself.

What Earth Day means to me: Dendra Best

What Earth Day means to me. More …..

Dendra Best. Executive Director WasteWater Education 501(c)3

I am taking an online course from the University of Bath about sustainability and the question was posed, what motivates someone to be environmentally aware/responsible?