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Tracy Mehan Review of Bloomberg News Article on Innovative Green Stormwater Infrastructure Financing

  Photo: Bioretention in Roadway Median, Arlington County, Virginia, 2016 Tracy Mehan, III is the former Assistant Administrator for Water, US EPA, and is the current Executive Director for Government Affairs with the American Water Works Association (AWWA).  As a thought leader in the sector, Mr. Mehan provides commentary on issues of the day.  Below […]

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Can CBP3s Hold Back the Water in the Upper Midwest?

I spoke at the annual conference for an organization called the Upper Mississippi Illinois and Missouri Rivers Association (UMIMRA) recently to share information on the Community-Based Public-Private Partnership (CBP3). This group, comprised of levee district leaders, farm producers, and those with ties to the U.S. Corps of Engineers (USACE), were interested in learning about P3s, […]

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Renewable Energy to Clean Water?

A significant event in the environment sector took place late in 2015 – the extension of the Production Tax Credit (PTC) and Investment Tax Credit (ITC) program, which have benefited the wind and solar industries, respectively. The significance of these tax programs towards the growth of these renewable energy industries cannot be overstated. For instance, […]

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Bringing the ‘Community’ Into P3s Just Makes Sense for Green Infrastructure

I often drive the “Greenway” here in the Northern Virginia area near Washington, D.C. and I lament that the tolls have skyrocketed over the years and is now over $4 per trip and headed to $5 based upon recent efforts by the operator of the system to adjust revenue rates.  This project is a transportation public-private partnership […]

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Innovation in Stormwater? Why the Hell Not?!

I was lucky enough to be a judge in the DC Water Green Infrastructure Design Challenge, which meant that I got the chance to review the GI designs submitted in this event and provide feedback and input on who should be selected to receive one of the awards and possibly get a chance to move […]

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RDA – The New Thing in Stormwater (Maybe)

(photo from I was interviewed recently by Water Online regarding the Residual Designation Authority petitions filed this summer by a band of NGOs (see details on this here and here). I thought I was going to be one of several interviewed for the piece, but it turns out that it was only me and Jon […]

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The Cuyahoga River on Fire, Take 2?

When an antique table is “restored” we know what that means – it’s been cleaned up and repaired to provide the same function it did when it was originally built.  But determining what a “restored” stream is – and can be – is much less clear.   Pristine streams follow a path of “dynamic-equilibrium”, which […]

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Hats off to the U of S. Fla and Patel College of Global Sustainability

I just got back from the University of South Florida (USF), which hosted a conference on green infrastructure (GI) in partnership with the U.S. Forest Service and the Patel College of Global Sustainability.  This is the first event that USF has held on GI, so I didn’t know what to expect.  Turns out it was […]

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