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The Value of Green Infrastructure: A Guide to Recognizing Its Economic, Environmental and Social Benefits

January 21, 2011

From the Center for Neighborhood Technology, this guide outlines a framework for measuring and valuing the ecological, economic and social benefits of green infrastructure (GI). The value of Green Roofs, Tree Planting, Bioretention and Infiltration, Permeable Pavement, and Water Harvesting practices are detailed. The goals of the report are to inform decision-makers and planners about the multiple benefits green infrastructure offers communities; and to guide communities in quantifying the benefits of green infrastructure investments.

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Minnesota Water Sustainability Framework

January 15, 2011

A result of funding from passage of the Clean Water, Land and Legacy Act in 2008, the Minnesota state legislature directed the University of Minnesota Water Resources Center to construct a 25-year water sustainability framework that describes the primary issues that must be addressed to achieve sustainable water use and recommendations for what the state should do to address those issues.

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Improving Drought Preparedness in the West

January 2011

The Western Governors' Association and Western States Water Council convened a series of workshops to engage constituents in evaluating progress in drought preparedness. The workshops brought together end-users of drought information from a variety of sectors, including agriculture, energy, navigation, water supply, cultural resources, and the environment.   Attendees included representatives of states, federal agencies, tribes, local governments, non-governmental organizations, and the private sector.

Resource Category: Solutions

 

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Direct Potable Reuse: A Path Forward

2011

This report identifies the information and research needed to provide a basis for the feasibility of direct potable reuse (DPR), which is the introduction of purified water into a water supply distribution system or the raw water supply immediately upstream of a water treatment plant. Topics discussed include issues regarding public acceptance, engineering, economics, and regulations. Although the background information on DPR and the needed research identified in this report are applicable across the country and throughout the world, the primary focus is on providing information so that the feasibility of DPR can be evaluated in California.

Authors or Affiliated Users: George Tchobanoglous, Harold Leverenz, Margaret H. Nellor, James Crook

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The Future of Research on Climate Change Impacts on Water

2011

The outcome of a workshop between federal agencies and water industry professionals, this document identifies research needs and decision support tools to help practitioners develop climate change adaptation strategies for water supply, wastewater, and stormwater management. The report summarizes the research and decision tools needed to help develop strategies to adapt the water sector for current and future climate change impacts.

Author or Affiliated User: Robert S. Raucher

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National Drought Mitigation Center: Drought Impact Reporter

From the National Drought Mitigation Center of the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, this database stores and displays comprehensive information related to drought impacts in the U.S. Accessible information provides key drought context and detail, as well as readily summarized information on impacts related to:

Resource Category: Data and tools

 

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Addressing Climate Change in Long-Term Water Resources Planning and Management: User Needs for Improving Tools and Information

January 2011

This report, from the Bureau of Reclamation and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) - as part of the Climate Change and Water Working Group (CCAWWG) - identifies the needs of local, state, and federal water management agencies for climate change information and tools to support long-term water resources planning.

Authors or Affiliated Users: Levi D. Brekke, Kathleen White, J. Rolf Olsen, Edwin Townsley, David Williams, Charles Hennig, Curt Brown, Rod Wittler

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Adapting Water Law to Public Necessity: Reframing Climate Change Adaptation as Emergency Response and Preparedness

September 17, 2010

The article argues that viewing climate change impacts on water supply as an ongoing emergency could provide a more productive framework for initiating and implementing adaptation strategies. Classifying climate change’s impacts on water supply as a real crisis allows adaptation planning to become a form of emergency preparedness, and could provide needed flexibility both legally and politically. An analysis of property rights barriers in the context of implementing adaptation strategies to help with the water supply crisis is provided.

Resource Category: Law and Governance

 

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National Report: Responding to National Water Resources Challenges

August 2010

Produced by the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), this report presents the results of the two-year "Building Strong Collaborative Relationships for a Sustainable Water Resources Future" project, which was designed to improve water management through more effective collaboration between state, interstate and Federal water resources agencies.  The report aims to support the engagement of senior government leaders and develop a way for the federal government and its agencies to respond to the identified water resources needs.

Resource Category: Assessments

 

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Arizona Water Meter - A Comparison of Water Conservation Programs in 15 Arizona Communities

October 2010

In response to climate change and other factors that increase competition and reduce availability of water in Arizona, Western Resource Advocates' Arizona Water Meter report highlights the water conservation programs of 15 diverse Arizona communities and evaluates their programs by seven important water conservation criteria: 1) minimizing per capita water use; 2) water rate structures that encourage wise water use; 3) community-based water conservation programs; 4) conservation ordinances; 5) funding for conservation programs; 6) stemming system water loss; and 7) effluent reuse.

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