Seeing Water Differently

This post was orginially published on Inspiring Solutions. Water is much more then just pipes, streams, and the oceans! | © Katherine Baer I knew something was wrong when my daughter made a drawing showing water as some mix of “pipes,” “streams,” and the “ocean” – where were the fish, birds and trees? But it… Read more »

Drinking Water Infrastructure: Who Pays and How (And For What)

There is an increasingly urgent need for renewed investment in our communities’ water infrastructure. This need is driven by the unfortunate reality that for the many decades, funding to maintain water systems has fallen short of the cost of providing safe drinking water, sewage treatment and flood control. The result is decaying or outdated infrastructure… Read more »

One Drop: Why We Need Green Roofs

Many communities are embracing a new approach to managing runoff that focuses on capturing rainfall and preventing it from polluting surrounding waterways. By using green infrastructure techniques such as green roofs, rain gardens, tree planting, and permeable pavement, they are managing stormwater problems at a lower cost and realizing a wide range of other benefits… Read more »

Getting Climate Smart!

US Drought Monitor map illustrates the expansive drought conditions | © David Miskus, NOAA/NWS/NCEP/CPC Last year, drought wreaked havoc across more than 65% of the country. Wildfires blazed through 9.2 million acres of the west, crops suffered across the Midwest and 2012 topped out as the hottest year on record. While the fall and winter… Read more »

Preparing Utilities for a Changing Climate

Green roof in Philadelphia, PA | © Leonel Ponce In the last two years, we have seen a record number of extreme weather events including floods, heat waves, droughts, fires and snowstorms. In 2011, 14 different extreme weather events resulted in damages of more than $1 billion each. That trend has shown no signs of… Read more »

Maintenance: It’s Not Just for Your Car

Planting rain gardens with Howard County’s READY program in Maryland | Don Tsusaki, CWP Many of us are familiar with maintenance in some form. Whether it’s getting an oil change for the car or unclogging the sink, if we don’t get around to it, we usually end up paying in the long run. Maintenance for… Read more »

Staying Green: Joint Reports on Operations and Maintenance of Green Infrastructure in the Chesapeake Bay

April 2013 Without proper maintenance, any type of infrastructure can lose functionality and ultimately fail. As more communities move towards adopting green infrastructure as a cost-effective approach to manage polluted runoff, it is critical that local governments address barriers to operations and maintenance. Despite the benefits of green infrastructure, operations and maintenance has been repeatedly… Read more »