How Nature-Based Systems Can Slash Wastewater Pollution This World Water Day
Contaminated water has long been part of every urban area’s growing pains, and it’s a major health hazard in rapidly industrializing parts of the developing world. So it's a great theme for this year’s World Water Day. Here’s how people are using nature-based solutions to manage it.
Keep reading at Ecosystem Marketplace.
How Trump’s Budget Hits The Environment, Agency-By-Agency
US President Donald Trump’s proposed 2018 budget deals the environment death by a thousand cuts scattered across at least seven and probably more agencies. Here is a list of the cuts we’ve identified so far, and an open invitation to let us know if we’ve missed anything or gotten anything wrong.
Ecosystem Marketplace explains.
The Infrastructure Opportunity Nobody Is Talking About – Yet
While there isn’t much disagreement that America’s infrastructure needs fixing, determining which areas to prioritize remains a challenge. Which investments will deliver the most bang for our buck? Steve Cochran of the Environmental Defense Fund says investing in coastal restoration presents huge cost-effective opportunities to create new jobs and safeguard national security.
Keep reading at Ecosystem Marketplace.
Lima Kicks Off Development Of 30-Year Green Infrastructure Plan
In 2015, the Peruvian capital of Lima made a significant financial commitment to restore the region’s natural infrastructure to help manage its many water woes. Committing is one thing, however; deploying the finance and implementing nature based projects is quite another. To help them figure out how this should work, Lima’s water utility continues to enlist help and is creating a first-of-its-kind master plan for green infrastructure.
Ecosystem Marketplace has the story.
HERE’S THE DEAL
Bright Lights, Green Cities
With assistance from its suite of sustainability tools, the US Green Building Council aims to help cities integrate green infrastructure practices into their development. These three rating systems offer rewards and guidance to implementing nature-based interventions.
The Green Building Council has details.
Cleaning Up Colorado’s Forests
For Denver, Colorado, forest restoration activities have become an official part of water management. Late last month, Denver Water renewed a $33 million deal with state and federal forest and conservation agencies to continue tree thinning and other restoration practices, and even expand it to private property.
Keep reading at the Denver Post.
A New Player in the Water Swaps Game
The US West may be at the dawn of a new era in water management, as water markets are repurposed to replenish dried-out ecosystems. There's growing consensus among conservationists and farmers that markets hold significant opportunity, along with a rise in water trading.
The Christian Science Monitor has details.
A Water Guru Offers Advice
After 30 years working on the inside of corporate water management, Hugh Share offers tips to governments, companies and NGOs on advancing water stewardship. Largely: talk less, act more, pay attention to agriculture and always try to improve water policy.
GreenBiz has the story.
A Winner in More Ways Than One
Indigenous and local groups that leverage nature-based solutions to secure food, water and develop sustainable livelihoods could be among 2017’s winners of the Equator Prize. The annual contest is a UN-led initiative that showcases exceptional local innovation, and this year it's focus is on nature-based solutions.
The Asian Tribune has more.
Offsets, Regs Among New Effort to Aid Ailing Great Barrier Reef
Farmers operating in the Great Barrier Reef catchment interested in expanding may soon find themselves purchasing offsets for new impacts. In an attempt to improve water quality in the troubled ecosystem, the Queensland government established pollution limits that includes an offsets component for expanding agricultural activities.
Cairns Post has details.
Designing Cities the Natural Way
A motley consortium representing community planners, water managers, conservationists, engineers and county governments recently launched a new effort to promote nature-based solutions. Naturally Resilient Communities offers a guide to nature-based planning and case studies for communities.
The American Planning Association explains.
Cities Need More Tree Therapy
Thanks to Google Street Views and researchers from the Future Cities Laboratory, we now have a better sense of how street trees regulate ecosystems services in big cities like Delhi and Shanghai. On top of the cooling effect and cleaner air trees provide to urban areas, researchers found they also reduce the risk of flash flooding - and did we mention that trees are pretty cheap?
Keep reading at Livemint.
Odds are in Nutrient Trading’s Favor in the Chesapeake Bay Region
Can nutrient trading aid efforts to clean up the Chesapeake Bay watershed? New research from the World Resources Institute exploring trading programs in Maryland and Virginia says not only can they provide significant benefits, such programs could help lower overall cleanup costs.
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