Tuesday, Nov. 17, 2015

Still valuable

Wetlands become Ga. city's first water reuse customer

TPO Magazine

Treatment Plant Operator Magazine

When a 200-acre wetland was constructed in 1996 as part of a 1.5 mgd aerated lagoon system in Richmond Hill, Ga., it served as the final treatment phase before discharge from the Sterling Creek Water Reclamation Facility to the Ogeechee River. Now that the city has increased the plant’s capacity and improved effluent quality, the wetlands will no longer be used for this purpose. But the environmental asset isn't going anywhere, a testament to the original vision of a more natural process, officials say.

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Old law limits N.C. cities seeking water options

Charlotte Observer

For centuries, a North Carolina law with roots in medieval England guaranteed property owners, from gristmillers to truck farmers, the right to use water that crossed their land. As cities and industries grew and demanded more water, times changed but the water law, called riparian rights, didn’t. And a recent court case upholding these rights is having a chilling effect on cities that want to invest in new reservoirs or treatment plants.

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Analyzing 30 years' worth of ocean debris

Philadelphia Inquirer

Evaluating data accumulated over the last 30 years by thousands of Clean Ocean Action volunteers — who have collected millions of pounds of debris from New Jersey's 127-mile coastline — will be the focus of a new partnership between the organization and a volunteer global data team from Bloomberg L.P.

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