Integration: A New Framework and Strategy for Water Management in Cities and Towns
On June 14, 2010, WERF, in collaboration with the Decentralized Water Resources Collaborative (DWRC) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, hosted a briefing and discussion of integrated water and other resource infrastructure in revitalizing cities and towns for the 21st Century. The meeting also included a discussion about the role of federal agencies in supporting the transition to new approaches.
In the past, siloed bureaucracies built centralized infrastructure in drinking water, wastewater, stormwater, energy, and transportation. In the future, these and other services will also be integrated and designed at the building, neighborhood, and watershed scales.
Smart "networks" of centralized and decentralized infrastructure will provide significant synergies of design, cost-savings, and an abundance of positive benefits for society, such as green space, restoration of waterways, clean air, and green jobs.
New Thinking on Integrated Systems
Speakers presented new thinking on integrated systems and case studies from across America. A variety of federal agency representatives also described their vision and role in developing and implementing this new approach to sustainability and design.
During a facilitated discussion session, participants, including experts in sustainable, water infrastructure, federal agency and foundation representatives, and others:
- shared information about programs, activities, and interests;
- identified research needed to advance the science and knowledge of these systems; and
- discussed the role of federal leadership and recommended strategies by agencies.
A report was developed from the meeting that highlights the key themes and outcomes.
Presentations from the Event
View video clips from the presentation:
Welcome: Jeff Moeller, WERF
Opening Remarks and Meeting Purpose: Kimberly Brewer, Tetra Tech
Panel 1: Ideas, Concepts and Examples of New Approaches for Water Management
Presenter Patrick Lucey, Aqua-Tex Scientific Consulting
Integration: Restoring the Water Commons
Valerie Nelson, Coalition for Alternative Wastewater Treatment, Massachusetts
Integrated Resource and Infrastructure Management: Key Elements of an Emerging Sustainable Water Paradigm
Vic D’Amato, Tetra Tech, North Carolina
Closed-Loop Water and Energy Systems: Implementing Nature’s Design in Cities of the Future
Patrick Lucey, Aqua-Tex, British Columbia
Integrated Water Centric Infrastructure Experience
Ed Clerico, Alliance Environmental, LLC, New Jersey
Panel 2: Federal Agency Perspectives (Julie Beth Hinds, Moderator)
Peter Silva, Assistant Administrator for Water, U.S. EPA
John Simpson, Sustainable Design Engineer, Office of High Performance Green Buildings, GSA
Josh Johnson, Staff, Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee
Meeting Materials and Notes
Presenters Vic D'Amato (left), Tetra Tech and Ed Clerico (right), Alliance Environmental, LLC