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Twelve Days of Paris - An Overview of the 2015 Paris Climate Conference

Posted by Julie Dyer Wood

12/23/15 3:02 PM

Child with Christmas tree

From November 30th to December 14th, global world leaders met in Paris to discuss global climate change. The 2015 Paris Climate Conference, or COP21, produced the first global agreement on a process and pathway to stem the tide of global warming. While this was truly a historic event, it fell at a time when many of us are preoccupied by our own, less global, challenges, such as what should I get my father-in-law? What do I bake for my Aunt’s party? Did I already get year-end gifts for my kid’s teacher? And why does my husband keep playing that same holiday music CD over and over?  So for those of you who might have been a bit distracted by the season, a COP summary to the tune that is already stuck in your head.

 

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Water Transformation Part 10: The Benefits

Posted by Robert Zimmerman

4/15/15 1:01 PM

PREVIOUS POST: Water Transformation Part 9 - Restored Streams and Green  Infrastructure

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Water Transformation Part 9: Restored Streams and Green Infrastructure

Posted by Robert Zimmerman

4/6/15 4:51 PM

PREVIOUS POST: Water Transformation Part 8 - Distributed Wastewater Treatment  Plants

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Water Transformation Part 8: Distributed Wastewater Treatment Plants

Posted by Robert Zimmerman

3/30/15 1:30 PM

PREVIOUS POST: Water Transformation Part 7 - Beginning the How

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Water Transformation Part 7: Beginning the How

Posted by Robert Zimmerman

3/20/15 3:20 PM

PREVIOUS POST: Water Transformation Part 6: Configuring Transformation II  


Back Bay Charles River - Charles River Watershed AssociationCRWA began what we call our Urban Smart Sewer project in the fall of 2013 with a three year grant from the Scherman Foundation's Rosin Fund, and support from Eaglemere Foundation. Our first orders of business were to discover whether the distributed wastewater treatment plants we had investigated with our Littleton, MA, Smart Sewer project could be sited in dense urban confines. To help us, we put together a technical advisory committee (TAC) made up of principals from federal, state, and Boston agencies.

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Water Transformation Part 6: Configuring Transformation II

Posted by Robert Zimmerman

3/10/15 1:28 PM

PREVIOUS POST: Water Transformation Part 5 - Configuring Transformation I

 

Stream Daylighting - Charles River Watershed Association
Daylighted Saw Mill River, Yonkers, NY
Photo by Zach Youngerman

In my last post, I introduced the concept of distributed wastewater treatment as an important tool for getting distributed energy generation and water reclamation, and increased resilience, while Restoring Nature. Building on the concept, we at Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA) have been looking at collecting wastewater, treating it, and infiltrating it into the ground near each of the treatment plants. Most distributed wastewater treatment plant conceptualizations I’ve seen would send reclaimed water once reused back to the piped sewage system it was originally collected from. If we were to do that, though we would capture the energy and reclaimed water, we would miss a significant environmental opportunity.


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Water Transformation Part 5: Configuring Transformation I

Posted by Robert Zimmerman

3/2/15 5:14 PM

PREVIOUS POST: Water Transformation Part 4 - Nature's Principles

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Water Transformation Part 4: Nature’s Principles

Posted by Robert Zimmerman

2/23/15 12:52 PM

PREVIOUS POST: Water Transformation Part 3: Diversity

Nutirent Cycle - Charles River Watershed Association
Forest nutrient and water cycle (expand image)
No problem can be solved with the same consciousness that created it.

-Albert Einstein


In Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3 of this series, I highlighted four principles that CRWA has taken from our examination of forests as water systems. They are:


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Should We Dump Snow in the Charles River or Boston Harbor?

Posted by Amy Rothe

2/20/15 2:32 PM

Snow Removal - Charles River Watershed AssociationAs a result of record snowfall in Massachusetts over the last few weeks, there’s an issue of where to put the snow piling up in storage fields, and now, there is talk of dumping excess snow into our rivers and Boston Harbor.  

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Water Transformation Part 3: Diversity

Posted by Robert Zimmerman

2/16/15 5:55 PM

PREVIOUS POST: Water Transformation Part 2 - Wasteful and Inflexible  

Water Transformation Part 3: Diversity - Charles River Watershed AssociationIn Part 1 and Part 2 of this series, I contrasted forests as water systems to our engineered water systems. I identified three important fundamental differences in the way forests deal with water when compared with the way we engineer water:

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About Charles River Watershed Association:

One of the country's oldest watershed organizations, Charles River Watershed Association (CRWA) was formed in 1965 in response to public concern about the declining condition of the Charles. Since its earliest days of advocacy, CRWA has figured prominently in major clean-up and watershed protection efforts, working with government officials and citizen groups from 35 Massachusetts watershed towns from Hopkinton to Boston. Initiatives over the last fifty years have dramatically improved the quality of water in the watershed and fundamentally changed approaches to water resource management.