I hate seeing things go to waste. I am a dumpster diver from way back, regularly pick up aluminum cans and other recyclables while walking with my dogs, and am always looking for ways to drive down our household energy use. It is no surprise then that I am also an enthusiast for rainwater harvest, both personally and professionally. I recently had a chance to share my experiences and perspectives as a… Read More
What would you do if you opened your monthly water bill and found an invoice for almost $5,000? For Tyrone Jarvis, owner of Go Green Auto Care in Newport News, Virginia this wasn’t just a thought experiment. Nearly four years ago, he opened his mail expecting to find his typical water bill which generally ran about $59 per month. Instead, he found a four-digit surprise.
As a non-resident fellow with the Brookings Institute, I have the honor of collaborating with some of the best policy minds in the country. A recent piece by my colleagues Joe Kane and Ranjitha Shivaram, “As flood risks intensify, stormwater utilities offer a more resilient solution” offered compelling insights on the regional variation in how stormwater is approached. Being a relatively new resident of Minnesota, I was surprised to see that it leads the… Read More
Those of you who have been with me for a while know that I have a thing about rainwater. It’s free, it’s clean (until it hits the ground and becomes problematic stormwater), and it’s “passive”, meaning that it comes to us all on its own. It’s becoming increasingly common to take advantage of this passive resource by using rainbarrels as a source for outdoor water use, but some of us crazy people take… Read More
Nobody said democracy would be easy. Just ask any of the thousands of people who have been making their opinions known on the matter of the Waukesha, Wisconsin’s application to divert roughly 10 million gallons/day of Lake Michigan water. The city has been working on this application for as long as I’ve been in Wisconsin (more than fifteen years), and the public hasn’t had much of a rest for that entire time…. Read More
One of the things I remember my father saying about Mundy Point, a small peninsula of land on Virginia’s coastal plain that I’ve been visiting since before I had braces, was that it was blessed with an artesian water system. At the time I didn’t fully understand what that meant, but I knew it was good. I now know that it meant that the groundwater was confined beneath an impervious confining layer… Read More