Paying for Green

| Many cities intend, or at least hope, to expand their use of green infrastructure to help manage stormwater and in some cases to reduce combined sewer overflows. Fewer, though, have a comprehensive plan for how to implement, monitor, and maintain these new installations, let alone how to pay for them. Developers might want to—or feel ... READ MORE

Amphibious Architecture

| In The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy’s house was carried off by a tornado. In real life, depending on where you live, your house is probably more likely to get swept away by water than by wind, but there’s a possibility that, like Dorothy’s, it might just stay in one piece. Some countries—especially low-lying, flood-prone ones ... READ MORE

Green Infrastructure Stormwater BMPs

| The primary objective of these green infrastructure projects were to design and construct two green infrastructure stormwater BMPs to treat nitrogen, and to monitor both BMPs for a period of years to evaluate stormwater flows and water-quality parameters. ... READ MORE

Green Infrastructure Investments Provide Long-Term Returns

| The benefits of green infrastructure are documented. However, despite the trendiness of the issue, green projects are still not always easy to fund. One of the early backers of these projects was the government. Federal tax incentive programs are the government’s way of encouraging green infrastructure by attracting financing for municipal projects. ... READ MORE

Eleven Times Bigger Than Central Park

| It’s been done in a lot of other places, but Dallas is doing it bigger than anyone else: turning a floodplain into an urban park. The 10,000-acre park—actually a series of them—along the Trinity River will be part of a nature preserve containing green spaces and other public amenities like fountains, plazas, and playgrounds. The ... READ MORE

How to Build Climate-Ready Water Utilities

| After preparing a climate change plan for her community’s wastewater treatment plant, Carol Murray, interim director for the Manchester Department of Public Works in Manchester-by-the-Sea, MA, says if she would have done anything differently, she would have started working on the plan seven years ago. ... READ MORE

Something New to Do in the Basement

| Since its peak in the middle of the last century, the city of Detroit, MI, has lost more than 60% of its population, down from a high of 1,850,000 people. The decline of the auto industry, flight to the suburbs, and other factors have led to one of the most precipitous declines of any major ... READ MORE

Building Infrastructure With Ballot Measures

| As the 2016 elections come into focus and a new Congress prepares to take on infrastructure debates, it becomes more urgent than ever to discuss our national priorities and formulate a plan. What facets of our infrastructure should the incoming administration focus on? What critical needs demand attention at the federal, state, and local levels? ... READ MORE

Cloudburst Mitigation in Copenhagen

| The most liveable city in 2014, according to Monocle magazine, Copenhagen (capital of Denmark) is preparing for climate change and the impact of future extreme weather. Over the next 30 years, Copenhagen will implement a new and very ambitious cloudburst master plan that will protect the whole city against 100-year rainfall events. ... READ MORE