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Archive for the ‘Wastewater’ Category

Water & Climate Risks Facing U.S. Corn Production

Thursday, July 17th, 2014
Competition for Water in Areas of Irrigated Corn Production

CERES
U.S. corn farmers are among the most productive and technologically advanced in the world, generating a record harvest of nearly 14 billion bushels in 2013—enough corn to fill a freight train longer than the circumference of the Earth. This production supports a mammoth agricultural sector comprised not just of farmers, but also major food, feed and energy companies that have an enormous stake in the long-term productivity and resilience of American agriculture. However, in the face of this bounty, three major threats to U.S. corn production loom: climate change, unsustainable water use and inefficient and damaging fertilizer practices.

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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 Water-Energy Nexus: Challenges and Opportunities

Tuesday, June 24th, 2014
Figure ES.1. Hybrid Sankey diagram of 2011 U.S. interconnected water and energy flows.

UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF ENERGY
Present day water and energy systems are tightly intertwined. Water is used in all phases of energy production and electricity generation. Energy is required to extract, convey, and deliver water of appropriate quality for diverse human uses, and then again to treat wastewaters prior to their return to the environment. Historically, interactions between energy and water have been considered on a regional or technology-by-technology basis. At the national and international levels, energy and water systems have been developed, managed, and regulated independently.

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From Invisible to Invaluable: Panel Discussion on Water Infrastructure

Monday, June 16th, 2014
From Invisible to Invaluable: Panel Discussion on Water Infrastructure

The Value of Water Coalition hosted an in-depth conversation at the Newseum in Washington DC on the current condition of water infrastructure in the United States, the consequences of letting these failing systems worsen, and solutions to meeting the water challenges of today and tomorrow.

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Infographic: Infrastructure Week 2014

Tuesday, May 13th, 2014

INFRASTRUCTURE WEEK 2014

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Building the Blue Economy

Thursday, May 1st, 2014
PUSH Blue crew working on green infrastructure in Buffalo’s west side

PEOPLE UNITED FOR SUSTAINABLE HOUSING (PUSH) BUFFALO
THE PARTNERSHIP FOR THE PUBLIC GOOD

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Clean Water, Strong Communities

Friday, April 25th, 2014
Lake Merritt, Oakland, CA

GREEN FOR ALL
This white paper focuses on one of the most promising strategies water utilities can use to develop broad public support: Embracing triple-bottom-line outcomes that deliver community benefits like jobs, business opportunities, green space, safer and more beautiful streets, and other local amenities. Selected policies and programs designed to catalyze community and economic development allow water utilities to show the public that they provide efficient and environmentally beneficial infrastructure that fosters local economic and social improvements.

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Washington, DC: “Lady Bird,” the Tunnel-Boring Machine

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014
Washington, DC: “Lady Bird,” the Tunnel-Boring Machine

To reduce DC waste by 98 percent, the 20-year D.C. Clean River Project has a 1323-ton, 442-foot tubular machine digging a 23-foot-diameter concrete water tunnel.

DC Water named its massive tunnel boring machine Lady Bird, christened it with DC tap water, and prepared to send it underground to tunnel more than four miles.
-HugBig on YouTube

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Clean Water Strong Communities

Thursday, April 17th, 2014
Clean Water Strong Communities

Water utilities are investing millions, even billions, to clean up our water. Yet our water infrastructure is essentially invisible and its value often goes unnoticed by consumers and ratepayers. Community benefit strategies and green infrastructure help water utilities translate the value of their work and in the process they make our communities stronger.

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Providence, RI: Storm Water Management Through Green Infrastructure

Friday, March 21st, 2014
Providence, RI: Storm Water Management Through Green Infrastructure

Currently the City of Providence is unable to manage all of the rain it receives. Every year, stormwater carries an unhealthy amount of pollution into our waterways and causes flooding in our streets and basements. Much of Providence’s system of storm drains, catch basins and underground pipes hails back to the 19th century, when the city had far fewer buildings and much less pavement. Today, Providence has developed into a thriving city with around 180,000 inhabitants. As the city continues to grow, we need to search for new solutions that allow us to manage our stormwater while protecting our communities and environment.

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