Water Efficiency, Not Desalination, for Water Supply

Could water from an under-regulated desalination plant in Mexico’s Baja Peninsula provide an alternative water source to portions of Southern California? That is exactly what might happen as water agencies supplying San Diego, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Phoenix and Tucson look for new ways to provide water to compensate for the loss of 20% of… Read more »

Pennsylvania Preparing for Climate Change

State of Preparedness: Pennsylvania In the past few months, a number of states have released plans detailing how they plan to prepare for climate change. I have reviewed efforts by Maryland and Oregon so far. Today we’ll look at Pennsylvania’s adaptation planning effort. Pennsylvania’s state of preparedness Pennsylvania finished its climate change adaptation plan earlier this… Read more »

Oregon Preparing for Climate Change

There’s been a recent flurry of climate-related activity as a number of states have begun to prepare for the impacts of climate change. Oregon, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Washington state, and Wisconsin have all released climate preparedness plans in the past few months, and New York state just finished accepting comments on an interim version of its… Read more »

Securing Clean Drinking Water in an Uncertain Future

Floods, droughts, and now cholera? While we know that climate change will increase the frequency and severity of extreme weather, scientists report that this increase in extreme stormwater could “set the stage for a return of cholera to North America.”  Drinking water and sewage treatment plants are often the ones to bear the brunt of… Read more »

Maryland leads the way in climate preparedness

This week, Maryland released the “Comprehensive Strategy for Reducing Maryland’s Vulnerability to Climate Change”. For the past year, the state has been working to create plans for six sectors that will be affected by climate change. It’s been a rigorous process. Teams of experts from government, academia, non-profits, and business have worked to identify and… Read more »

New Guide Helps Municipalities Monetize the Value of Green Infrastructure

CHICAGO — Quantifying the economic value of green infrastructure’s benefits is the key to helping municipalities adopt this innovative and cost-effective stormwater management approach, according to a new report by the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) and American Rivers.  “The Value of Green Infrastructure: A Guide to Recognizing Its Economic, Social and Environmental Benefits” is… Read more »

Report to the President outlines new direction for climate change adaptation

Last week the Interagency Climate Change Adaptation Task Force released a groundbreaking report that outlines recommendations for preparing the federal government and the nation for a changing climate. The report does a great job of laying out the federal role in this process. It recognizes that adaptation has to happen primarily at the local and state… Read more »

Not Just a Drop in the Bucket

This morning I woke up, brushed my teeth, took a shower, brewed a cup of tea and made a bowl of oatmeal, filled my iron and pressed my clothes, washed my dishes, got ready for work and went to the office. With the exception of turning off the faucet as I was brushing, and being… Read more »