Science can be thought of in two mutually incompatible ways: (1) science-as-knowledge, serving as an authoritative basis for action, and (2) sciences-as-process of inquiry, serving as a continually updated guide to action. There is mounting evidence that overemphasis on (1) is increasingly contributing to failures for the betterment of humankind.
Rethinking Water Infrastructure: Philadelphia and San Francisco’s Approaches to Implementing Green Stormwater Infrastructure Programs
Lisa M. Beyer, RLA. Landscape Architect at AECOM Water in San Francisco, On-site consultant to the San Francisco Public Utilities Commission
Green City, Clean Waters, the Philadelphia Water Department’s innovative plan to improve watershed health and reduce combined sewer overflows, includes major investment in decentralized green stormwater infrastructure, in combination with investments in stream restoration and wet weather plant upgrades. Redesigning the City’s stormwater infrastructure involves balancing innovation and standardization, ensuring public and private collaboration, reconfiguring an already overcrowded public realm, and managing living landscape infrastructure.
The San Francisco Public Utilities Commission’s Urban Watershed Assessment will characterize the City’s eight sub-watersheds, identify needs and propose alternatives that include a mix of grey and green solutions, to be implemented through their 20-year Sewer System Improvement Program.
Lisa will present on the Green City, Clean Waters’ system wide approach to green infrastructure, the challenges and successes from her experience planning, designing, building and maintaining these systems in Philadelphia, as well as her recent experience working on San Francisco‘s Sewer System Improvement Program.
The views, opinions, advice or other content expressed by the author(s) or speaker(s) are their own and do not represent those of the Water Resources Research Center.
Scientific Thinking to Remedy "Black Swans," "Wicked Problems," and Assorted Science/ Policy Failures
WRRC Conference 2017 - Irrigated Agriculture in Arizona: A Fresh Perspective
The 2017 WRRC Annual Conference, Irrigated Agriculture in Arizona: A Fresh Perspective, will be held on March 28 at the University of Arizona Student Union. Arizona is facing the challenge of water demands outstripping supplies. Do we have enough water to sustain agricultural demands as our population grows, the Colorado River water supply-demand gap increases, and depletion threatens our groundwater aquifers? What are the specific challenges faced by irrigated agriculture in Arizona, and what advances have been made in agricultural technologies to address these challenges? Join us as we discuss and debate our options, including water conservation, changing crop mixes, and alternative water sources. Outside-of-the-box collaborative thinking is essential to pave the way for Arizonans to move into our future water reality.