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 »

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 »

Getting Climate Smart

A Water Preparedness Guide for State Action Download the Executive Summary Download Full Report Download the Strategy Toolbox Watch the Webinar Download the Webinar Slides In recent years, a record number of extreme weather events including floods, heat waves, droughts, fires and snowstorms have wreaked havoc in the United States. As carbon pollution continues to… Read more »

City of Atlanta moving ahead with Green Infrastructure

Citizen Advisory Committee members looking over the City’s new green infrastructure plan | Jenny Hoffner Atlanta is known for being a city of trees and lush green landscapes.  At the same time, it is also known for being a congested sprawling metropolis with plenty of pavement and related stormwater problems and water supply issues.  Well,… Read more »

Cuts to Clean Water Hurt Jobs

Stormwater in Columbia, MO | Andrew Wamboldt A 2008 study [PDF] found that every dollar invested in water and sewer infrastructure increases the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) by $6.35 in the long term. The Department of Commerce’s Bureau of Economic Analysis found that for every dollar generated as revenue from the water and sewer industry,… Read more »

River Restoration In Oakley, CA Engages Community

Click to enlargeThe restoration of Marsh Creek | Jason Kabalin, Rich Walkling, Sarah Puckett Like too many creeks across the country, Marsh Creek was “improved” by the Soil Conservation Service in the early 1960’s. Until recently, the lower six miles was a treeless, trapezoidal flood control channel fenced off from surrounding properties. American Rivers’ partners,… Read more »