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Archive for the ‘Inland Waterways’ Category

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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Critical Issues in Transportation

Tuesday, February 11th, 2014
The freight transportation system must adapt to a projected 80 percent growth in gross domestic product in the next 25 years.

TRANSPORTATION RESEARCH BOARD
The United States depends on transportation to compete globally and to help revive a sluggish domestic economy. Individuals depend on transportation not only to get to work but to shop, socialize, and access health care, among other goals (1). For all of its benefits to the nation and individuals, however, transportation imposes large costs—lost time in traffic congestion, deaths and injuries from crashes, demand for imported petroleum, and the release of greenhouse gas emissions and other forms of pollution.

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Charles City, IA: From Flooded Property to Valuable Asset

Thursday, February 6th, 2014
Charles City, IA: From Flooded Property to Valuable Asset

After years of fighting against the often-flooded Cedar River, Charles City used land acquired through Federal Emergency Management Agency flood buyouts to create an inviting riverfront park with a whitewater course. Capitalizing on the river’s natural features to help prevent future flooding, Charles City turned the river from an obstacle into an ecological and social benefit. Members of the community were involved in the park’s design and construction. Riverfront Park is a model of how to strategically use flooded properties to create a sustainable and economically valuable amenity.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Dan Pitera, Executive Director, Detroit Collaborative Design Center

Monday, February 3rd, 2014
Dan Pitera on The Infra Bog

Dan Pitera discusses his work with the Detroit Collaborative Design Center and the University of Detroit Mercy. Key topics include current projects underway in Detroit, strategies for effective citizen engagement, and the need to bring together disparate voices from the community for successful urban design.

“Digital engagement works, but it only works with a certain core group of people who have that technology access. Community meetings work, but they work with a certain group of people. It’s not about developing a tactic that is one-size-fits-all; it’s about developing tactics that connect.”

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