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Cuyahoga Valley Initative: A Model of Regeneration

Report or White Paper, 2004
This report summarizes RMI’s recommendations to the Cuyahoga County Planning Commission for regenerating the environment, economy, and community of the Cuyahoga River Valley.


Valuing Decentralized Wastewater Technologies: A Catalog of Benefits, Costs, and Economic Analysis Techniques

Report or White Paper, 2004

The purpose of this report, which was prepared for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, is to present a catalog of the economic advantages and disadvantages of decentralized wastewater systems relative to larger scale solutions, in order to inform wastewater facility planning and assist communities in making better choices among their many technology options. To this end, this study attempts to compile and summarize what is known about the comparative benefits and costs of various aspects of centralized and decentralized systems. It also reveals and discusses the many issues that should be addressed when site-specific wastewater facility plans are prepared, as an annotated check-list that will help engineers, planners, and other professionals facilitate a more informed discussion of the advantages and disadvantages of various system options for the communities they serve.


Case Studies of Economic Analysis and Community Decision Making for Decentralized Wastewater Systems

Report or White Paper, 2004

This report was submitted to the National Decentralized Water Resources Capacity Development Project. It examines how communities consider and value the benefits and costs of different scale wastewater facility options (onsite, cluster, and centralized options) in monetary or other terms, and examines the driving issues, motivations, thought processes, and decision-making methods of stakeholders relative to choices of wastewater system scale. Case studies of eight US communities cover seven topics that have received little attention in the literature to date. These include: financial benefits of incremental capacity expansion through implementation of decentralized systems; impacts of wastewater system choices on community growth, development, and autonomy; implications for fairness and equity within communities; how communities evaluate the performance and reliability of wastewater systems; how wastewater system planning affects relationships in a community and how relationships and trust affect wastewater decision making; hydrologic impacts of wastewater systems; and the value of decentralized systems to sanitation utilities that already manage large centralized systems. The case studies examine how each community evaluated the topical issue in the wastewater facility decision making process, or in some cases how the issue came up after wastewater facility decisions were made. The report also includes an analysis for a hypothetical community of the financial benefits of incremental capacity expansion using decentralized systems compared to periodic large-scale investments in centralized capacity.


North Central Arizona Water Demand Study

Report or White Paper, 2002

This report describes the situation of water resource stakeholders in the Coconino Plateau and the issues of how to provide sufficient water for current and future needs. Recent droughts, environmental concerns, population and economic growth all raise concerns over the adequacy of water supplies. Conservation and alternative supplies such as wastewater reclamation are important water management strategies in local communities, but have received little attention at the regional level to date. The North Central Arizona Water Demand Study, Phase I, contributes to the discussion by reviewing how water is currently provided and used for residential, commercial, municipal, and industrial purposes on non-reservation lands of the Coconino Plateau, in the area roughly bounded on the south by the Mogollon Rim, on the north by the Colorado River, on the west by the Aubrey Cliffs, and on the east by the communities of Winona toward the south and Page to the north. This report also describes and evaluates water conservation activities in the study area, and summarizes current and anticipated implementation of alternative supply systems. It sets out a recommended water demand forecasting methodology for a future study.


Daylighting: New Life for Buried Streams

Report or White Paper, 2000
This report reviews the benefits, challenges, and costs of exposing formerly culverted or buried streams. This process is referred to as daylighting streams. The report includes case studies of several dozen daylighting projects.


Reevaluating Stormwater: The Nine Mile Run Model for Restorative Development

Report or White Paper, 1999
This report shows how low-cost, multi-benefit stormwater management measures, incorporated into retrofit programs and redevelopment projects, can reduce sewer overflows, restore urban watersheds, and revitalize communities.


Saving Forests From the Demand Side

Presentation, 1999
This presentation describes why forests should be saved and how. Specific actions that can be taken are described. This presentation was given to the World Resources Institute.


Technical Appendix to Reevaluating Stormwater

Report or White Paper, 1999
This technical appendix was written in conjunction with the report, "Reevaluating Stormwater," from the Pittsburgh Charrette. The appendix includes information about the charrette process as well as supporting information, documentation, and data that was used in the Pittsburgh Charrette.


21st Century Water Systems: Scenarios, Visions, and Drivers

Conference Proceedings, 1999

This paper explains the developments that will affect the form, function, efficacy, and ownership of water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure in the future. The conclusions are based on four hypothetical scenarios of the relationship between the strength of the federal government's role and the financial environment. The scenarios present four thought-provoking narrative images of water systems in the year 2010.


Water Efficiency: The Next Generation

Report or White Paper, 1998

This paper from 1998 describes different technical methods by which households can save money and save water. These methods include low-flow toilets, low-flow faucets and showerheads, graywater systems that funnel water from homes for use in landscaping or flushing toilets, composting toilets, smarter water meters that provide feedback to customers, the use of native plants that require less water than non-native varieties, and rainwater collection systems. A description of each method is provided.


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