Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Who pays?

As water infrastructure at facilities age and public funding declines, private companies may step in

Reclamation seeks information on water infrastructure alternative financing and public-private partnerships. USBR

USBR

High Country News

Private investment in public works isn't a new idea. President Obama launched an initiative for public-private partnerships to boost infrastructure financing. President Trump is calling for more such collaborations — and even outright privatization — to shore up the nation's aging water systems. Amid a wave of aging reservoirs, water and wastewater treatment plants and pipelines, the Bureau of Reclamation is considering private investment as a possible solution.

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Feds may protect heart of state's water system

Water Deeply

California's Sacramento-San Joaquin Delta is a maze of islands and rivers as big as Rhode Island, sprinkled with historic Gold Rush towns and teeming with wildlife amid some of the world's most fertile farmland. Yet the Delta has no special government status. That would change under a proposal before Congress to designate the Delta as a National Heritage Area, which would mean no new regulations or changes in land use.

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Urban water project engineers 4 ASCE awards

Stanford University

A project designed to enhance the resiliency and sustainability of urban water supplies has won four awards from the American Society of Civil Engineers Innovation Contest. The project was submitted by Stanford University Ph.D. student Jon Bradshaw, who works with Richard Luthy, professor of civil and environmental engineering and director of the Engineering Research Center for Re-inventing the Nation's Urban Water Infrastructure (ReNUWIt).

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