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Distributed Systems Could Improve Sustainability and Resilience

On Aug. 21, The Johnson Foundation at Wingspread, as part of its Charting New Waters initiative, released a report on integrating distributed systems into urban water infrastructure. While centralized water infrastructure has long provided solutions for drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater, technological developments along with sustainability and resiliency efforts are drawing attention to distributed systems. […]

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Report Addresses Effects of Wildfires on Water Quality

Wildfires of unprecedented magnitude and severity have increased in frequency in recent decades, raising concerns about their effects on water. On August 25, Canadian Water Network and the Water Research Foundation released a new report examining the state of knowledge around this subject and the potential for mitigating the negative impact these wildfires can have […]

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Forest Trends Releases State of Water Investment Report

Last year, governments and companies invested $9.6 billion in initiatives implementing nature-based solutions to sustain the world’s clean water supplies. According to a new report announced September 2 from Forest Trends’ Ecosystem Marketplace, this funding supports healthy watersheds that naturally filter water, absorb storm surges, and perform other critical functions. Funding flowed to more than […]

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Green Infrastructure solutions include techniques such as constructing wetlands, reconnecting rivers to floodplains, wetland conservation and introducing flood bypasses. Photo credit: UNEP

UNEP Releases Green Infrastructure Guide

A new Green Infrastructure guide was launched Sept. 2 at World Water Week by the United Nations Environment Programme.

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ASLA Releases New Guide to Green Infrastructure

On Sept. 3, the American Society of Landscape Architects (ASLA) released a report detailing the many benefits of green infrastructure. The report defines green infrastructure as designed systems that harness nature to create proven benefits for communities and the environment, and include practices such as green streets, park systems, urban forests, wildlife habitat and corridors, […]

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WERF Releases Report on Utility Reponses to Extreme Weather Events

In July the Water Environment Research Foundation released a new report on the effects of and responses to extreme weather events at water and wastewater utilities. This report describes community responses, lessons learned, and future planning needs for six communities that experienced one or more extreme events where water services were disrupted. Experiences include disruptions […]

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Coastal Cities Face Flooding Hazards Due to Climate Change

A National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration study looking at more than 60 years of coastal water level and local elevation data changes finds that nuisance flooding is an increasing problem as coastal sea levels rise. Nuisance flooding causes public inconveniences, such as frequent road closures, overwhelmed storm drains, and compromised infrastructure. Most of the cities […]

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NRDC Reports Help Communities Tackle Climate Resilience and Clean Water Act Compliance

In July, the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) released two water-related reports. The first highlights State Revolving Funds as a climate resiliency opportunity. The issue paper “Using State Revolving Funds to Build Climate-Resilient Communities” explains how Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (SRF) can better support and incorporate measures to make communities more […]

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Climate Change Already Is Affecting Coastal and Island Communities

According to a recent analysis by Reuters, coastal flooding along the eastern U.S. has increased dramatically over the past four decades with triple the number of days per year that tidal waters reached or exceeded National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration flood thresholds. Water now reaches flood levels on average 20 days per year in many […]

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Level of Toxics in European Freshwater Greater than Anticipated

European Union member states have called for substantial improvements in freshwater quality by 2015 through the Water Framework Directive. While the European Environment Agency recently released a report on the excellent water quality of swimming beaches, a large-scale study by the Institute for Environmental Sciences Landau together with the Helmholtz Centre for Environmental Research, both […]

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