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Archive for the ‘Wastewater’ Category

A Natural Solution to Infrastructure Challenges

Wednesday, March 29th, 2017
ASLA Green Roof

Infrastructure, a word that likely invokes images of bridges and roads, essential components of our nation’s infrastructure that we see every day. From cracks to potholes, we can easily judge the state of our bridges and roads. However, so much of our critical infrastructure is not visible to the eye and takes the shape of tunnels and pipes. These types of infrastructure that transport water to people across the country are also often inadequate or nearing the end of its useful life.

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Guest on The Infra Blog: Norma Jean Mattei, 2017 President, American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)

Thursday, March 16th, 2017
Norma Jean Mattei on The Infra Blog

“I think one of the problems is we have gotten into the habit of just waiting until things break, and when you have many sectors at a “D,” it just takes one major event to shut something down and have something fail. And then we throw a lot of money at it. But that’s not a wise way of handling things, because when you’re dealing with a disaster, you’re throwing four times the money at what is now broken, instead of maintaining something in a condition that’s at least average condition.”

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Making the Grade: Wastewater and Drinking Water

Tuesday, March 14th, 2017
Making the Grade: Wastewater and Drinking Water

Drinking water and wastewater infrastructure are critical to public health, but are too often forgotten. In the 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, ASCE graded drinking water a D and wastewater a D+. With action, we can improve the nation’s water infrastructure: watch the video and visit https://www.infrastructurereportcard.org/ to learn how.

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Costs, Regulation, and Financing of Massachusetts Water Infrastructure: Implications for Municipal Budgets

Wednesday, March 8th, 2017
Increase in Precipitation Events

COMMONWEALTH OF MASSACHUSETTS OFFICE OF THE STATE AUDITOR Suzanne M. Bump, State Auditor Executive Summary In Massachusetts, water infrastructure of all kinds—drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater systems—is primarily a local responsibility. The Division of Local Mandates (DLM) within the Office of the State Auditor (OSA) has undertaken this Municipal Impact Study to examine the financial impact […]

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Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act

Monday, December 19th, 2016
WIIN Act

The WIIN Act is a measure that includes the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016, which overwhelmingly passed the House in September, in addition to provisions to improve drinking water infrastructure around the country, address control of coal combustion residuals, improve water storage and delivery to help drought-stricken communities, address federal dam maintenance backlogs, and approve longstanding water settlement agreements for the benefit of taxpayers and Native Americans.

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Michigan: 21st Century Infrastructure Commission Report

Tuesday, December 13th, 2016
EXHIBIT 1. Michigan’s Infrastructure Through the Years

Infrastructure is the foundation of Michigan’s modern economy and quality of life. When most people hear the term “infrastructure,” they often think of roads or bridges; however, these assets are just pieces of a larger, more complex picture that includes water and sewer systems, drains and stormwater systems, broadband and communication systems, and electricity and natural gas networks…Michigan’s infrastructure is aging, and maintenance has been deferred for decades, leaving us in a state of disrepair. Failing infrastructure interrupts daily life, slows commerce, jeopardizes public health, pollutes the environment, and damages quality of life.

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One Water Roadmap: The Sustainable Management of Life’s Most Essential Resource

Thursday, December 8th, 2016
The One Water approach recognizes that water must be managed in ways that respect and respond to the natural flows of watersheds and the natural ecosystem, geology, and hydrology of an area

U.S. WATER ALLIANCE Water is our world’s most precious resource and essential to everything we do. It nourishes us. It cleans and sustains us. Put simply, we ARE water. On average, every American uses 176 gallons of water per day—that is over 64,000 gallons a year. Food production alone is responsible for 80 percent of all […]

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Financial Needs for Water and Wastewater Infrastructure in Indiana

Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016
Figure ES1. Working estimates of water and wastewater capital needs in Indiana 2015–2034

Financial Needs for Water and Wastewater Infrastructure in Indiana (2015–2034) is an assessment of water and wastewater infrastructure needs in Indiana. This study is sponsored by the Indiana Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations (IACIR) and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA). The Indiana Association of Regional Councils provided research assistance. The Indiana Finance Authority State Revolving Loan Programs (SRF), U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development – Indiana (USDA RD), ACEC Indiana Funding Sources Committee, and the Indiana Rural Wastewater Task Force provided additional assistance and important feedback during the effort.

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Keeping on: How Riverkeeper Is Bringing the Hudson River Back to Life

Monday, November 21st, 2016
Keeping on: How Riverkeeper Is Bringing the Hudson River Back to Life

In the fall of 2015, six alumni Fellows were commissioned to create a short documentary film for Riverkeeper in celebration our 50th anniversary. The film, KEEPING ON, explores how and why Riverkeeper was founded, many of its incredible accomplishments, and the steps necessary to preserve the integrity of the Hudson River.

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Water Infrastructure: Information on Selected Midsize and Large Cities with Declining Populations

Thursday, October 20th, 2016
Figure 1: Location of U.S. Cities with 2010 Populations of 50,000 and Greater That Experienced a Decline in Population from 1980 to 2010

Many midsize and large cities throughout the United States, including the Midwest and Northeast, have lost a substantial percentage of their population. These cities face the challenge of a corresponding decline in utility revenues from a loss of ratepayers, which makes it difficult to address their water infrastructure needs. Overall, water and wastewater utilities across the United States face substantial costs to maintain, upgrade, or replace aging and deteriorating infrastructure—approximately $655 billion for water and wastewater utilities over the next 20 years according to EPA’s most recent estimates.

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