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Archive for the ‘Inland Waterways’ Category

Video: Flood Resilience Guide

Thursday, September 11th, 2014
Video: Flood Resilience Guide

Drinking water and wastewater utilities are vulnerable to damage and service disruptions from flooding. This overview video helps small and medium utilities to become more resilient to flooding. Told from the perspective of a small drinking water utility, the video introduces a 4 step approach with easy-to-use worksheets with corresponding videos. The utility is provided with the tools to examine the threat of flooding, determine impacts to utility assets, identify cost-effective mitigation options, and plan to implement such options.

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Lansing, MI: Sustainable Construction on Moores River Drive

Tuesday, September 9th, 2014
Lansing, MI: Sustainable Construction on Moores River Drive

The Moores River Drive Project began in April of 2014. As a part of the project, the existing seawall will be removed and replaced with a sloping embankment along the shoreline. A pathway will also be installed along the embankment. Moores River Drive east of Waverly Road will be reconstructed from a four-lane boulevard to a two-lane road. Mt. Hope will be converted from a four-lane road to a three-lane road with bike lanes. The project will be complete in October 2014.

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RENEWAL – A Reborn Colorado River Once Again Finds Her Path to the Sea

Tuesday, September 2nd, 2014
RENEWAL – A Reborn Colorado River Once Again Finds Her Path to the Sea

Narrated by Robert Redford, Renewal captures the breathtaking and historic surge of water that was released into the Colorado River in the Spring of 2014. The water surge, called a “pulse flow” was a grand experiment of the US and Mexican governments, and the many nonprofits and advocates working on saving the river’s mighty Delta. The new water created, once again, a river to the sea. Families, children and communities celebrated the return of the water, as did the birds and wildlife in the region. On May 14, 2014, the cool, fresh water of the Colorado River touched the salty water of the Upper Gulf of California — an event that has not occurred regularly in at least a half a century. The pulse flow was an initiative associated with the historic 2012 agreement between the US and Mexico, called Minute 319.

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Tennessee’s Long-Range Transportation Plan

Tuesday, August 19th, 2014
Tennessee’s Long-Range Transportation Plan

TDOT is working on a new 25-Year Long-Range Plan. We’d like your input. http://www.tdot.state.tn.us/transportationplan/

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Wasting Our Waterways: Toxic Industrial Pollution and Restoring the Promise of the Clean Water Act

Friday, July 11th, 2014
Figure ES-1. Industrial Discharges of Toxic Chemicals to Waterways by Watershed Region

ENVIRONMENT CALIFORNIA
Industrial facilities continue to dump millions of pounds of toxic chemicals into America’s rivers, streams, lakes and ocean waters each year – threatening both the environment and human health. According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), toxic discharges from industrial facilities are responsible for polluting more than 17,000 miles of rivers and about 210,000 acres of lakes, ponds and estuaries nationwide.

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The Untapped Potential of California’s Water Supply

Monday, June 30th, 2014
Figure 2. Total water supply and demand changes with four drought response strategies, in thousand acre-feet per year, by hydrologic region

PACIFIC INSTITUTE
NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL

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Hydroelectric Power in Oklahoma

Monday, March 31st, 2014
Hydroelectric Power in Oklahoma

Personnel give updates on several projects associated with GRDA hydroelectric facilities.

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Portland, OR: Aerial View of Suspension Bridge Construction

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
Portland, OR: Aerial View of Suspension Bridge Construction

Aerial video of the new suspension bridge in Portland, Oregon.

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ULI Case Study: Riverfront Park, Denver

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014
Riverfront Park at night, with Park Place Lofts on the right, the Glass House on the left, and Commons Park in the foreground. The park offers a highly attractive amenity directly adjacent to the project.

URBAN LAND INSTITUTE
Riverfront Park is the result of a 25-year collaborationto create a viable and vibrant urbanresidential community in downtown Denver. Builtunder a form-based zoning code, the developmentencompasses 1,859 privately developed,for-sale, for-rent, and affordable homes, withbuildings first opening in 2001 and with constructionstill underway in 2014. The neighborhood fits within the city’s grid and is connectedto surrounding areas by four pedestrian bridgesthat cross railroad tracks, an interstate highway,and a river, each funded through a combinationof public and private investment. Built on abrownfield and former rail yard, the project wasan early model of sustainability. Today, residentscan play, wander, skate, swim, and walk their dogs along dedicated nonvehicular pathways orin four different parks built by the state, the city,the developer, donors, and residents.

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East Hartford, CT: Brownfields Riverfront Revitalization

Thursday, March 13th, 2014
East Hartford, CT: Brownfields Riverfront Revitalization

Goodwin College used EPA Brownfields funding from several sources to address and clean up the contaminated Connecticut River sites. It is now a vibrant campus that also allows the entire community access to the Connecticut River.

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