Why We Must Harness Green Infrastructure – Not Concrete – To Secure Clean Water
Triplepundit.com published an article last January about using green infrastructure to address water quality issues in U.S. cities. The article points out that green infrastructure elements are already occurring within ecosystems. The author acknowledges that there are challenges when implementing green infrastructure including institutional knowledge and finances. Still, the article is hopeful and predicts a tipping point in the U.S. As evidence, three success stories of cities using green infrastructure to address water quality issues are listed. Denver, Colorado is addressing its forest fires which cause sedimentation and can clog intakes. Medford, Oregon is restoring its riparian forest to cool its waters instead of using mechanical chillers. Portland, Oregon is prohibiting logging which affects its downstream water quality.
Global Water Partnership Toolbox
The Global Water Partnership, whose mission is to support the sustainable development and management of water resources, has developed a toolbox for water management. The toolbox includes case studies, documents, websites, and other materials to assist water managers in their work. It operates as an open platform where anyone can contribute new information and accessing the information is free. In doing so, water professionals can engage with a large audience and discuss a solution to the specific issues they face.
Durham Company Hopes to Build Green Roof Business
A company in Durham, North Carolina has found success with installing green roofs. The Durham News reported on the benefits of the green roof that the Xero Floor company is using. As the roof absorbs rainwater before it enters the sewer system, helping with combined sewer overflow problems, it is also extending the life of the roof, and regulating the temperature of the building. Pollinating insects also find the roof desirable. The Xero Floor company can install the green roofs in residential and commercial properties for varying prices. With the success of the company so far, Durham is hoping to become a hub for future green infrastructure projects.