Forests Near or Far Can Protect Water for Cities

Forests Near or Far Can Protect Water for Cities

Near or far, forests — like this one at the edge of Hong Kong — affect the movement, quality and availability of water in cities. Photo by Florian Wehde/Unsplash

Water is essential to human health and well-being. In cities, leaders strive to provide secure access to clean, safe and affordable water. In rural areas, farmers hope for adequate rain and healthy rivers to produce healthy crops. The coronavirus pandemic reminds … [more…]

Single Systems: Great Lakes cities’ sewer designs mean waste in the waters

Single Systems: Great Lakes cities’ sewer designs mean waste in the waters (Lake Ontario)

The video shot in the summer of 2016 is grisly.

In it, Mark Mattson, co-founder of the Lake Ontario Waterkeeper, displays materials skimmed from the Toronto harbor, which lies along the northwestern end of Lake Ontario.

As his small boat bobs in the water, he lays them on a wooden oar: slimy condoms, tampons and wet naps.

And he points to a likely culprit: the millions of gallons of raw … [more…]

California now requires storm water permits for certain business licenses

California now requires storm water permits for certain business licenses: Here's what you need to know

Photo: Swimmers make their way up the Russian River in the Barb’s Tri, a triathlon for women at the Healdsburg Memorial Beach on Saturday. (John Burgess/The Press Democrat)

Here’s what you need to know

In the 1990s the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) identified storm water runoff from industrial land use properties as a source of pollution in surface water, including rivers, creeks, and lakes.

In most urban settings, storm … [more…]

Yard waste and litter can pollute storm water runoff

Careless discarding of yard waste and litter can pollute storm water runoff

There has been a lot of news lately about plastic in the oceans and overall ocean pollution. We can all agree that we want clean water and are turned off by pictures of trash in our oceans. Although we are far from the ocean, we can take action right here in Bartlett to help.

The majority of pollution in our waters comes from the land. A major contributor to pollution

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EPA applauds UL for storm water management efforts

Photo: University of Louisiana, Lafayette

Photo: Increasing the number of bioswales on the University of Louisiana at Lafayette campus is one objective outlined in its green infrastructure plan. The shallow troughs hold plants and other vegetation. They act as sieves to remove silt and contaminants from rainwater. Credit: Rachel Keyes/University of Louisiana at Lafayette

The University of Louisiana at Lafayette made a splash with its storm water management plan.

Its plan – entitled The Ripple … [more…]