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Summer's Extreme Weather Damaging Infrastructure Nationwide

by Don Knapp Aug 21, 2012

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Watch this eye-opening video from NBC News on the impact that extreme heat and flooding are having across the country on our nation's aging infrastructure. The take-home message is one that ICLEI has been repeating for years: Climate change is happening now and our communities need to prepare for it. Learn more about what local governments can do.

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Green Strategies for Controlling Stormwater and Combined Sewer Overflows

by Don Knapp Nov 21, 2011

Saving Car From Flood

NRDC's new Rooftops to Rivers II report is worth a read for local government staff. From NRDC's website:

NRDC rooftops to rivers report thumbNRDC's Rooftops to Rivers II provides case studies for 14 geographically diverse cities that are all leaders in employing green infrastructure solutions to address stormwater challenges -- simultaneously finding beneficial uses for stormwater, reducing pollution, saving money, and beautifying cityscapes. These cities have recognized that stormwater, once viewed as a costly nuisance, can be transformed into a community resource. These cities have determined that green infrastructure is a more cost effective approach than investing in "gray," or conventional, infrastructure, such as underground storage systems and pipes. At the same time, each dollar of investment in green infrastructure delivers other benefits that conventional infrastructure cannot, including more flood resilience and, where needed, augmented local water supply.

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