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Posts Tagged ‘EPA’

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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What’s In Your Water? Flint and Beyond

Monday, July 4th, 2016
NRDC - Drinking Water Pipes

NATURAL RESOURCES DEFENSE COUNCIL (NRDC)
While Flint represents a clear case of extreme lead contamination, it does not have a monopoly on serious lead problems. In order to evaluate the national extent of violations of the Lead and Copper Rule, NRDC has obtained official EPA violation and enforcement records. We have conducted extensive data analysis, using geographic information system (GIS) mapping software to highlight and map the scope of lead-related issues in drinking water systems across the United States.

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Atlanta, GA: Making a Visible Difference in the Proctor Creek Watershed Through Information and Data

Monday, June 27th, 2016
Atlanta, GA: Making a Visible Difference in the Proctor Creek Watershed Through Information and Data

Description: EPA is working to bring focused attention and coordinated action in more than 50 environmentally overburdened, underserved, and economically distressed communities. This involves listening to community leaders and residents to understand their needs and then working with local, state and other federal partners to leverage our collective resources in support of local goals. In […]

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The State of the Air 2016

Monday, April 25th, 2016
Figure 1: Air pollution emissions have dropped steadily since 1970 thanks to the Clean Air Act

AMERICAN LUNG ASSOCIATION
The “State of the Air 2016” found continued improvement in air quality in 2012–2014, showing lower levels of year-round particle pollution and ozone. Still, more than half of all Americans—166 million people—live in counties where they are exposed to unhealthful levels of these pollutants.

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Helena, MT: Redeveloping Brownfields

Tuesday, March 8th, 2016
Helena, MT: Redeveloping Brownfields

Laura Erikson, Community Development Coordinator in Lewis and Clark County, MT discusses how EPA is making a visible difference in Helena, MT. EPA Brownfields funds were used by the County to investigate contamination at a site that was regarded as the most blighted property in town. After completing the environmental assessment, the Montana Business Assistance Connection, with help from the City and EPA, was able to purchase the site and restore it to residential use standards. Today it is ready for redevelopment. Ms. Erikson explains what the newly cleaned site will mean for the community, calling it a “catalyst” that will benefit the whole area.

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Wasted: How to Fix America’s Sewers

Tuesday, March 1st, 2016
Figure 1: U.S. Combined-Sewer Systems Serving Populations of 50,000 or More

MANHATTAN INSTITUTE
The biggest capital project, by far, in many American cities is one that few of their citizens even know about and that almost none has ever seen: the legally mandated retrofitting of “combined sewers,” sewers in which storm-water runoff and sanitary waste from buildings are channeled into the same pipes to reduce or eliminate overflows of untreated wastewater into local waterways.

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Hood River Valley, OR: The Farmer’s Irrigation District

Friday, February 5th, 2016
Hood River Valley, OR: The Farmer’s Irrigation District

The FID’s existing open ditch irrigation system wasn’t reliable, agricultural runoff was causing water quality issues, and the system was wasting water resources. To help solve the issues, the FID used CWSRF loans to pipe and pressurize the irrigation system and to install in-pipe hydroelectric generators. The enhanced system provides irrigators reliable access to water; a range of water-savings irrigation options; and reduced labor costs and conserves six billion gallons of water annually.

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Preparing For Climate Change in Eastern Long Island, NY

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015
Preparing For Climate Change in Eastern Long Island, NY

The Peconic Estuary Program is using EPA’s publication, “Being Prepared for Climate Change: A Workbook for Developing Risk-Based Adaptation Plans” to create a risk-based climate change vulnerability assessment. This video describes some climate change impacts that are already affecting eastern Long Island. Local people explain why they are conducting the assessment and describe some of the ways they are starting to respond to climate change risks.

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Market Impacts of the Clean Power Plan

Thursday, November 12th, 2015
Clean Power Plan Emissions Rate Goals: Projection of needed progress from 2020‐2030 (Source: EPA and SNL data)

BLACK & VEATCH Introduction On August 3, 2015, President Obama announced the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) final Clean Power Plan (CPP) rule for reducing carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from existing fossil fuel electric generating units (EGUs). The final rule establishes CO2 emission performance rates based upon the EPA’s determination of the best system of emission […]

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Bikeshare Planning in Baton Rouge

Friday, October 23rd, 2015
UPGRADES SURROUNDING THE LAKES AREA ARE AN EMERGING OPPORTUNITY TO LINK A BIKESHARE SYSTEM INTO INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS (CREDIT: KOSTELEC PLANNING)

UNITED STATES ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION AGENCY
This memo documents the key outcomes of the technical assistance for Baton Rouge, Louisiana with the Bikeshare Planning tool, and identifies key community issues, prioritized goals, and specific actions. Bikeshare is a network of bicycles distributed around an area that allows and encourages non-motorized trips from one location to another. In Baton Rouge, the overarching goal is to achieve a bikeshare system in a bike-friendly community that boosts tourism and improves quality of life.

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