Category Archives: Sustainable Water Management

Fix a Leak Week 2017: March 20-26

Arizona Municipal Water Users Association (AMWUA) will be hosting the Fix a Leak Week Twitter party, Monday, March 20, from 2:00 to 3:00 p.m. Eastern. Please follow @fixaleakweekaz to join the party, and use the hashtag #fixaleak on your tweets during the party and all week long.

Fix a Leak Week is also when we will kick off the 2017 GardenForWater.com campaign, encouraging property owners NOT to drown their drainfield and avoid expensive root intrusions by planting only native species.

UPDATE!! The Winner of the Commercial Landscape Category will also receive our prestigious Golden Plunger Award!

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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Alliance for Water Efficiency News

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via Alliance for Water Efficiency News.

AWE President Testifies Before U.S. Senate Committee on Energy & Natural Resources

Hearing on S.1971, the “Nexus of Energy and Water for Sustainability Act of 2014”

2014-06-26

MAD2Testimony20140625On June 25, AWE President and CEO Mary Ann Dickinson testified before the U.S. Senate Committee on Energy  & Natural Resources.  The purpose of the hearing was to hear testimony on S.1971, the “Nexus of Energy and Water for Sustainability Act of 2014.”  AWE provided testimony along with the Department of Energy, Department of the Interior, Congressional Research Service, and The Electric Power Research Institute, Inc.