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From the Editors 

Greetings!

This month, Peru continued to blaze a trail toward nature-based solutions for water risk. National water regulator SUNASS hosted a workshop to kick off development of a 30-year Green Infrastructure Master Plan for Lima's water utility SEDAPAL.

The workshop's hosts intended to start work on a roadmap for deploying finance to green infrastructure projects that deliver the most bang for their buck. Perhaps the most interesting form of green infrastructure that's being considered is the restoration of pre-Incan irrigation technologies, but officials are also considering interventions like reforestation and restoration of highland grasslands and wetlands.

Lima's attempts to develop a national master plan for green infrastructure is a global first, and there are questions aplenty. Parties involved expect it to take 12-18 months to develop. Stay tuned!

In other news, the "Change the Course" campaign in North America reflected on its work pushing companies to embrace water management at a basin level. And giants in the apparel industry may be starting a new trend for the sector: sustainable water use. Meanwhile, Maryland scaled back its water quality trading plans.

Finally: We write our newsletters with you in mind, Dear Speed Reader. But if you can spare twenty minutes, Yale 360 has a fascinating longform piece on how restoration ecologists are grappling with the Anthropocene in California's glorious Sierras. 

Happy reading,

- The Ecosystem Marketplace team

 
   

Latest News

Trump Can Save 220,000 Rural Jobs And Conserve Nature. Will He?

President Donald Trump and many Congressional Republicans say they’ll create jobs by rolling back environmental regulation, but their current trajectory could have the opposite effect: killing more than 220,000 jobs while eradicating endangered species, poisoning water, and accelerating climate change. There is, however, a proven way to reduce regulations without hurting jobs or the environment.

Ecosystem Marketplace has the story.

Gorsuch Brings Distrust Of Government Agencies To The Supreme Court

Dozens of climate and conservation initiatives are now working their way through the US court system, and some are destined to land in the Supreme Court. That means Neil Gorsuch, President Trump’s high-court nominee, could play a major role in determining US policy. His environmental record is thin, but he’s expressed a clear distrust of government agencies.

Keep reading at Ecosystem Marketplace.

Investors Put Over $8B Into Conservation: Can It Continue In The Trump Era?

Private investment in conservation grew 62% in the last two years but it’s still a drop in the bucket considering the size of capital markets. Mandates enforcing protections for nature can help these investments grow, but the United States’ current political administration appears more interested in unraveling environmental regulation than enforcing it.

Keep reading at Ecosystem Marketplace.

HERE'S THE DEAL

Time to Put Some Green in the Great Lakes

Market potential for private investment in green infrastructure within the Great Lakes region exceeds $1 billion, according to new research. The new report from Environmental Consulting & Technology Inc. also sheds light on an emerging financing model called community-based public-private partnerships.

Get the details at Stormwater Report.

Avoiding Rock Bottom

Environmental groups have been warning mining companies for years about stranded assets and lost investors if they don't address water stress in the sector. Some companies are taking heed, with talk of water stewardship and reuse.

Read more at Mining News

Sustainable Water Use is So Hot Right Now

A few powerhouse fashion companies such as Levi Strauss & Co., Patagonia and EILEEN FISHER are embracing water saving measures. Kirsten James of Ceres warns the rest of the fashion industry to follow suit - or risk being left high and dry.

Keep reading.

Changing the Course of Freshwater

Earlier this month, leaders of the "Change the Course" campaign, which promotes freshwater conservation in North America, took a moment to reflect on their progress thus far. To date, corporate partners have supported 30 restoration projects in the US and Mexico, restoring over 8 billion gallons of water and engaging 225,000 individuals in water conservation.

Green Biz has the story.

A New Ag PES Partnership in Wild Rose Country

Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) Canada and Lacombe County in Alberta, Canada, announced a new partnership for payments for ecosystem services to farmers. ALUS will advise the county on technical and financial rewards to farmers who practice ecosystem services-friendly agriculture.

Get coverage from RD News Now.

California County Gets Smart about Stormwater

Orange County, California water managers are partnering with the Army Corps of Engineers to use stormwater to replenish groundwater basins. After the water is treated, it can be returned to regional water supplies, helping reduce the county's need for imported sources.

Learn more.

Preparing a Workforce for a Green Future 

Earlier this year, DC Water and the Water Environment Federation issued the first certifications under their brainchild, the National Green Infrastructure Certification Program. Meant to educate and prepare a workforce for jobs in the emerging green infrastructure sector, the program's inaugural group numbered 62 individuals.

Read more at Stormwater Report.

Mountain Meadows Get Some Snaps in California

High-mountain meadows provide critical ecosystem services related to water supply, and the state of California is increasingly recognizing their importance. It awarded conservation group American Rivers three grants for meadow restoration in the Sierra Nevada mountains.

News Deeply has more.

POLICY WATCH

Water Quality Trading Takes Step Back in Maryland 

Maryland's governor recently announced that the state is scaling back its nutrient trading program after pushback from environmental groups and disinterest among farmers. State officials say the trimmed-down program will still deliver cost-effective solutions for reducing pollution in the Chesapeake Bay.

Keep reading at the Baltimore Sun.

Water Transfer Court Case Destined for High Court

Earlier this month, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals held that the US Environmental Protection Agency was entitled to exclude water system transfers from the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System permitting requirements. In a case that legal experts say is bound for the Supreme Court, environmental organizations and some states are arguing water transfers can move harmful pollutants from one water body to another.

Lexology has the details.

PROJECT DEVELOPMENT

It Ain't Just a River in Egypt...

The Nile River system is a critical water source for several African nations. The Nile River Basin Initiative is working to restore and maintain the river system's complicated network of wetlands and other habitats to maintain ecosystem services and mitigate natural disasters.

New Vision has details.

Quito Water Fund Finds New Conservation Partner

Woolly alpacas are aiding conservation efforts high on Ecuador's Andean plains by keeping grasslands in good shape. The animals are part of the Quito Water Fund, which secures water for the capital city with conservation practices.

Keep reading at Reuters.

NEW RESEARCH

Restoration on a Changing Planet

The forests of California's Sierra Nevada are faring poorly against the quadruple climate change whammy of heat waves, drought, insects, and wildfire. But ecologists are divided over how to respond. A new piece from Yale 360 charts the debate over continued "resistance and resilience" versus a "realignment" approach that embraces novel (or are they?) ecosystems.

Find it here.

Making the Enabling Conditions Literature Say Uncle

A new paper in Ecology and Society combs through the (considerable) literature on enabling conditions for ecosystem services to identify some core terminology and concepts. The paper offers an analytical framework for thinking about why PES works (or doesn't), and makes some intriguing observations about what role factors like property type and number of actors actually play in PES effectiveness.

Read it here.

Engineered Floating Wetlands Can Be the Real Deal

Engineered floating wetlands might perform as well as natural floating wetlands when it comes to absorbing nitrogen at wastewater treatment plants, say researchers from Saint Francis University in Pennsylvania and the University of Oklahoma. Next steps are experimenting with engineering floating wetlands for the long term: "The really big thing that we're working on here is the ability for them to grow and maintain themselves, and hence become a sustainable low-maintenance part of a treatment system," explains researcher William Strosnider. 

Learn more from UPI.

What Makes People Aware of Ecosystem Services?

Authors of a new report remind policymakers the only way to achieve the Sustainable Development Goals in Nigeria is with ecosystem-based management that takes ecosystem services into account. The study explores how ecosystem services are perceived in the nation - revealing some interesting insights.

Learn more on the Water, Land and Ecosystems blog.

   
   

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