Tag: stormwater utility

Stormwater is also a resource and important as the world’s human population demand exceeds the availability of readily available water. Techniques of storm water harvesting with point source water management and purification can potentially make urban environments self-sustaining in terms of water.

Seven Views of the Fate of the Clean Water Act

Seven Views of the Fate of the Clean Water Act

No matter what happens at the national level with funding or changing regulations, protections for clean water aren’t going away. That was the message (I’m tremendously oversimplifying, but I’ll try to elaborate below) from some of the country’s top experts on water quality as they looked at the current regulatory

Protecting Puget Sound

Protecting Puget Sound

A common purpose runs through many, likely most, stormwater projects in the greater Seattle area and other western Washington cities, certainly in the projects profiled in this story.

Reader Profile: Steven Peck

Reader Profile: Steven Peck

For Steven W. Peck, GRP, Honorary ASLA, “It’s clear we can do better in terms of how we develop buildings and cities. We can make them healthier places for ourselves and to support other forms of life in biodiversity. Green roofs in particular are unparalleled in the scope and scale

What’s in a Name? Just Possibly Your Funding

What’s in a Name? Just Possibly Your Funding

In the 1850s, a Portuguese man named Pedro Carolino set out to create an English phrasebook for his students. The problem? He did not actually speak English himself, and did not have at his disposal a Portuguese-English dictionary. He did, however, have a Portuguese-to-French dictionary and a French-to-English one, and

Growing Pains

Growing Pains

Known for its involvement with banking and auto racing, Charlotte is one of the 10 fastest-growing cities in the US. The city’s 2014 estimated population is nearly 810,000.

Who Should Pay? Navigating the Narrow Path to Fair Utility Fees

Who Should Pay? Navigating the Narrow Path to Fair Utility Fees

We’ve published quite a few articles about the thorny process of setting up a stormwater utility, about what works and what—sometimes spectacularly—fails. Although utilities are a good way for a city to generate a reliable, steady income, they often meet with resistance from a whole lot of people—from residents who

How to Ask for Money

How to Ask for Money

If you look at the headlines from across a smattering of local news outlets in almost any given week, you’ll probably find something about stormwater fees. Often, the story is from a small city or town that is just considering a stormwater utility or fee for the first time, and

“Doing Nothing Is Not an Option”

“Doing Nothing Is Not an Option”

Infrastructure Week takes place May 16–23. Its purpose is to make more people aware of the need to maintain and upgrade the nation’s infrastructure and of the role it plays in just about everything we do. As Infrastructure Week’s website puts it, “Roads, bridges, rails, ports, airports, pipes, the power grid,

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