Water Publications

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A RainReady Nation: Protecting American Homes and Businesses in a Changing Climate

January 22, 2015

As storms become increasingly destructive, homes and businesses face a heightened risk of  urban flooding, even when they aren’t located in formally designated floodplains. CNT’s RainReady program offers innovative, cost-effective solutions to keep properties dry and help communities stay resilient in the face of a changing climate.

An Assessment of Water Loss Among Lake Michigan Permittees in Illinois

October 28, 2014

In 2012, over 22 billion gallons of Lake Michigan water, worth between an estimated $64 million and $147 million, were lost to leaky, aging infrastructure. CNT and CMAP studied the water loss control techniques used by Lake Michigan water suppliers and found that over the last several years, 21% of permittees have been out of [...]

The Economic Benefits of Green Infrastructure: A Case Study of Lancaster, PA

March 4, 2014

The Economic Benefits of Green Infrastructure: A Case Study of Lancaster, PA offers real world evidence that green infrastructure (such as rain gardens, permeable pavement, and bioinfiltration installations) can be an effective, sustainable and budget-friendly approach to help manage stormwater in American communities. This EPA case study builds on CNT’s groundbreaking guide, The Value of Green Infrastructure, to [...]

Stepping Up Water Loss Control: Lessons from the State of Georgia

February 27, 2014

Like every other state, Georgia’s underground system of pipes is aging. But Georgia has become a leader in the national push for improved water loss control. The success of Georgia’s program provides an effective blueprint for other states and agencies in how to begin providing support to their utilities in moving forward with best practices [...]

The Case for Fixing the Leaks: Protecting people and saving water while supporting economic growth in the Great Lakes region

November 18, 2013

Every day, nearly six billion gallons of expensive, treated water is simply lost. Why? Crumbling infrastructure. Leaky, aging pipes and outdated systems are wasting an estimated 14 to 18 percent of our nation’s daily water use. At the same time, water utility rates are rising. Through new research, education and awareness, technical assistance, and supportive policies, [...]

People, Places + Progress: Celebrating 35 Years of Community Innovation

October 24, 2013

In honor of our 35th anniversary, CNT staff compiled stories about our 35 most game-changing innovations. People, Places + Progress chronicles CNT’s growth in capacity, reputation, and impact. From the construction of solar greenhouses to grow vegetables in what we now call “food deserts” to the development of revolutionary energy efficiency programs. From the Location Efficient Mortgage® to the Surface Transportation Policy Project. [...]

The Prevalence and Cost of Urban Flooding

May 14, 2013

First-of-its-kind analysis that combines insurance and FEMA claims data, property owner surveys, and GIS mapping of flooding in an urban environment. Part of a first phase of research at CNT on the prevalence and cost of flooding to property owners—such as homes and businesses—in urban and suburban areas. (Updated May 2014)

Upgrade Your Infrastructure: A Guide to the Green Infrastructure Portfolio Standard And Building Stormwater Retrofits

December 18, 2012

The guide provides a framework for the long term and predictable implementation of green infrastructure. The concepts were developed around actual on-the-ground work done in Grand Rapids, MI and Milwaukee, WI.

Urban Flooding in the Great Lakes States, A Municipality/Utility Survey Report

September 19, 2012

The purpose of this survey is to develop an understanding of the effect of flooding on Great Lakes cities and to identify strategies to manage the problem. By providing a baseline of practices and policies among municipal stormwater/sewer utilities, the survey results are intended to support collaborative initiatives for dealing with flooding.

People, Water, and the Great Lakes: Ready for Change?

September 19, 2012

The “Smart Water for Smart Regions” initiative offers a blueprint for the responsible and sustainable utilization of water in the Great Lakes states.

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