Smart Water Policies to Achieve Urban Water Security


Traditionally, urban water managers have relied on large-scale, supply-side infrastructural projects to meet increased demands for water. This supply-side approach is under increasing pressure from a variety of mega-trends. To enhance urban water security, water managers are turning toward demand-side management.

By Robert C. Brears

Traditionally, urban water managers, faced with increasing demand for water alongside varying levels of supplies, have relied on large-scale, supply-side infrastructural projects, such


Can Deepwater Aquaculture Avoid the Pitfalls of Coastal Fish Farms?

An open-ocean fish farm in Hawaii. Courtesy of Bryce Groark

Near-shore fish farms have created a host of environmental problems. Now, U.S. aquaculture advocates – backed by mainstream conservation groups – are saying that locating well-run operations out in the ocean could produce sustainable food and protect wild stocks from overfishing.

Donna Lanzetta has a big idea: She wants to grow striped bass on a deepwater fish farm, about eight


Wisconsin DNR Sets Hearing on Foxconn Water Diversion

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources has scheduled a public hearing on Racine officials’ request to pull 7 million gallons daily from Lake Michigan for a Foxconn Technology Group plant.

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The public will get a chance to sound off in March about Racine officials’ request to pull 7 million gallons of water per day from Lake Michigan to serve a massive Foxconn Technology plant.

The state


Rep. John Forbes: Iowa water quality bill is watered down

The House along a mostly party line vote passed a watered-down Iowa water quality bill — an effort that even a member of the majority party said showed a lack of leadership and integrity.

Iowa’s water quality problem is well documented. Des Moines, Urbandale and other communities battle to provide safe drinking water to their residents. Half of our waterways are impaired. Iowa is the second largest contributor to the


Michigan sets limit for chemical contaminants in water

Photo: Katy Batdorff / Special to Detroit News

Lansing — Amid growing concern over chemical contaminants in the state’s drinking water, Gov. Rick Snyder’s office on Tuesday adopted a threshold for when regulators can act against polluters. The new rule will require state remediation if residential or commercial drinking water is found to have per- and polyfluoroalkyl levels that meet or exceed 70 parts per trillion.

The substances, known collectively