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Entries Tagged as 'stormwater'

How to Build a City That Doesn’t Flood? Turn it Into a Sponge!

December 18th, 2017 · No Comments · Water

By Poornima Apte — Freelance Writer Re-posted with permission from JSTOR Daily Urban floods make the news with alarming regularity. Just in the past few months, Hurricane Harvey submerged Houston, and the seasonal monsoon crippled cities in South Asia. Dramatic floods from increasingly severe storms come with a steep cost, both human and financial, and […]

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Depave Builds Rain Garden, Solves Flooding Problem at Portland Church

October 3rd, 2017 · No Comments · Water

Written by members of Depave Portland Originally produced October, 2016 Depave promotes the transformation of over-paved places to overcome the social and environmental impacts of pavement. They aim to engage communities and reconnect urban landscapes to nature through action-oriented projects, education, advocacy and stewardship. The Portland-based nonprofit has returned more than 50 sites to thriving landscapes, creating […]

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Stormwater Management: Lessons from Our Forests

June 21st, 2017 · No Comments · --Integrated Systems--, Energy, Water

By Alexandra Ramsden and Jennifer Barnes Reposted with permission from the Sightline Institute. A new report from the Urban Greenprint project recommends biomimicry-inspired design elements for Northwest cities to wrangle their rainfall! Take a moment to recall your last hike through a Pacific Northwest forest. Maybe close your eyes, listen for the quiet of such […]

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Working With the Market for Green Stormwater Infrastructure

June 19th, 2017 · No Comments · Water

 By Carrie Sanneman, Program Manager for Willamette Partership Willamette Partnership is a conservation non-profit based in Portland, Oregon. At the Partnership, we envision a world in which people create resilient ecosystems, healthy communities, and vibrant economies by investing in nature. Since 2004, we have been a regional source for innovative conservation solutions that work for […]

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BIG Solutions for Small Cities

May 5th, 2017 · No Comments · --Integrated Systems--, Water

By Shalini Vajjhala — Founder & CEO of re:focus partners With Earth Day just behind us and Infrastructure Week fast approaching, it seems especially timely and important to celebrate local leadership and innovation in sustainable infrastructure. Our most recent initiative—Build it Green (BIG)—was created with the aim of helping small and medium sized cities tackle […]

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Transforming Our Vulnerable Water Infrastructure

April 19th, 2017 · No Comments · --Integrated Systems--, Water

By Rhys Roth, Director, Center for Sustainable Infrastructure Face it: Most of us take water infrastructure for granted. When we shower, flush, turn on the tap, or dodge the rain, we rarely give a second thought to the vast network of pipes, pumps, and treatment facilities that lie behind the water tap, the toilet, and […]

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Portland’s Jade District: One Neighborhood’s Lens on a New Infrastructure Vision

January 23rd, 2017 · No Comments · --Integrated Systems--, Water

By Duncan Hwang  – Asian Pacific American Network of Oregon (APANO) As the Northwest’s water infrastructure continues to evolve, how might changes at the industry level impact people on the neighborhood level? The Jade District, located in Southeast Portland, can serve as an excellent example. It is one of the most diverse neighborhoods in the […]

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Sustainable and Resilient: CSI Collaborates with AWC’s CityVision Magazine

November 22nd, 2016 · No Comments · --Integrated Systems--

The Association of Washington Cities (AWC) advocates for the interests of local city governments in the Washington State legislature and has connections with the CSI-convened Future of Washington Infrastructure group. AWC publishes CityVision, a magazine whose intended readership consists of folks working in local governments throughout the state. CityVision’s September/October issue focuses entirely on sustainable […]

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Kitsap County Combines Innovative Stormwater Infrastructure with Beautiful New Community Gathering Space

August 7th, 2016 · No Comments · Water

Check out this amazing video featuring the time-lapse construction process for a Puget Sound community’s innovative new stormwater park! The park features an eye-catching spiral “nautilus” design, 4 interconnected green stormwater solution (GSS) treatment cells, and 18 distribution channels to uniformly distribute incoming water to the 4 cells. The GSS cells are made up of […]

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EPA Survey Highlights the Need for an Additional $271 Billion in Wastewater Infrastructure

January 17th, 2016 · No Comments · Waste, Water

A US EPA survey released this week highlights the need for an estimated $271 billion to maintain and improve wastewater infrastructure nationwide. Wastewater infrastructure includes pipes that carry water to treatment plants, water treatment technology and funds for other types of stormwater runoff management. The release of this survey was the result of a collaborative […]

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