Category Archive: Green Infrastructure

Apr 19

Not All Engineers Work In An Office

Build up knowledge on nature’s engineers  . . . Learn more: “Before European colonization, beavers would have been ubiquitous across the northern United States Great Lakes region,” explains Melinda Daniels of the Stroud Water Research Center in Pennsylvania. She says in developed areas, beaver dams can be a nuisance, “but if there’s room, beavers are …

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Apr 09

Climate Woes in Pennsylvania Waterways

Climate change is bringing warmer, wetter weather to the Keystone State. Shen: “If we were to summarize the changes that Pennsylvania is facing in two words, that would be warmer and wetter.” Chaopeng Shen of Penn State says climate change affects fresh water, in part because unusually warm weather helps foster algal blooms that can contaminate water …

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Mar 14

Managing Stormwater and Sewage

In many parts of Pittsburgh, stormwater and sewage are carried in the same pipes. So during heavy rain, the system can overflow, and dump untreated sewage directly into the city’s rivers. “As we get more and more rain, it just is an outdated way of managing the flow of stormwater. And it’s just disgusting,” says Stephan …

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Mar 06

Riparian Buffers

A group of trees lining a babbling brook does more than make an idyllic picture. “It filters out nutrients, it holds soil in place, it adds shade when the trees have canopy to streams, and controls water temperature,” says Alysha Trexler with the Western Pennsylvania Conservancy. She says excess fertilizer from farm fields, dirt from rural …

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Feb 13

A tale of two countries

Communities on both sides of Lake Ontario are vulnerable to flooding by waters that can go up and down as much as six feet. But Lana Pollack, the U.S. Chair of The International Joint Commission, says Canadians have created a protective buffer. In the 1950s, Hurricane Hazel hit Toronto with a vengeance. The flooding killed …

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