A New Path for Infrastructure


Green roofs are one of the tools American Rivers uses to help manage stormwater runoff | © Etera

Green roofs are one of the tools American Rivers uses to help manage stormwater runoff | © Etera

American Rivers has been working for years to help create a vision for a new normal for infrastructure in this country. The rapid growth in populations across many cities has put a huge burden on the aging drinking, storm and wastewater systems currently in place. The changing climate just intensifies the need for engineers and city planners to find new solutions for flooding, and the failing pipes that transfer our water supplies.

Orion Magazine in its current issue tackles these topics head on. The editors are introducing “Reimagining Infrastructure” a series of twelve feature articles over two years exploring infrastructure solutions for the next generation. The feature articles will help guide and create discussions among communities; and will put them on a path to new systems and structures for transportation, food, water, waste and energy.

The first feature is called “Water Works” and is written by Cynthia Barnett, the author of Blue Revolution. I had the pleasure to work with Cynthia, and the photo editor on a small part of the article. It highlights our work in promoting green infrastructure across the Milwaukee region to help infiltrate pollutants, and combat flooding issues.

I hope everyone gets the chance to read the article, and continues to follow the series over the coming years.