Sustainable Water and Sewage Infrastructure
ELI examines the relationship between infrastructure for water, sewer, and stormwater management, and finance and development decisions. Approaching the state as a model and a case study, ELI has focused much of this research on Pennsylvania. The program evaluates practices and promotes the sustainable use of water and the connection between sewer infrastructure and smart growth.
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Using Pennsylvania as a case study, ELI issued a series of working papers in 2010-2011 that examine new approaches to funding the rehabilitation of sewer infrastructure in older urban municipalities:
In 2008, ELI worked in partnership with 10,000 Friends of Pennsylvania to issue Regional and Collaborative Approaches to Water, Sewer, and Stormwater Management in Pennsylvania. The report explores working examples of collaborative municipal and regional approaches to water resources and infrastructure management.
In 2005, ELI issued Wet Growth: Should Water Law Control Land Use? (2005) offers new ideas about the land/water interface in law and policy and provides an overview of the relevant issues, current trends toward integrating land and water controls, and prospects for further progress.
In 2005, the Institute released Planning for Development and Sewage Infrastructure: Can We Be Consistent? The study uses Pennsylvania as a case study to examine how sewage infrastructure affects land use planning.
In 2001, the Northeast-Midwest Institute issued an ELI report, Smart Growth and the Clean Water Act, which examines the relationship of three Clean Water Act programs to patterns of land use and development. The study also identifies ways in which federal, state, and local governments can reduce compliance costs and increase environmental benefits through the mutually reinforcing components of smart growth strategies and CWA programs.
In 1999, ELI published Plumbing the Future: Sewage Infrastructure Sustainability in Western Pennsylvania. The report discusses the relationship between sewage infrastructure decisions in southwestern Pennsylvania and effects on the urban, suburban, and rural landscape of the region.
Related ELI Project Areas: Ocean; Water Quality; Wetlands; International Water.
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