The National Capital Region Water Resources Symposium

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the water gap

The Water-Infrastructure Gap

Aging U.S. Water Infrastructure in need of vast repairs and upgrades falls on state and local shoulders.

Across the country, engineers, regulators and urban planners agree that we are approaching a foreboding challenge in the US. A rapidly aging system of water and sewer infrastructure is, and will continue to spur environmental problems and development hurdles, resulting in huge tax burdens for residents in our cities and towns. And, as metro areas continue to grow, we are facing an unprecedented need to expand water supply and wastewater collection systems to help manage resources and waste in a more sustainable fashion.  Addressing this issue in the National Capital Region is a symposium on Friday April 5, 2013.  This one-day symposium at the University of the District of Columbia will bring together experts from governmental agencies, academia, the private sector, and non-profits to present and discuss challenges and opportunities for sustainable management of water resources and infrastructure in the region, as well as nationally, and internationally.


The restoration of Sovern Run

Written by Brady Gutta, Timothy Craddock, and Amanda Pitzer on . Posted in Blog, News

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Sovern Run, a tributary to Big Sandy Creek in the Cheat River watershed, flows through the Valley Point community of Preston County, West Virginia. The Sovern Run and lower Cheat River watersheds are severely impaired by acid mine drainage (AMD) pollution from abandoned coal mines. Sovern Run is 4.7 miles in length and joins Big Sandy Creek just upstream of a popular recreation area (Figure 1).

Dream teams

Written by WVU Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources, and Design on . Posted in Media, News

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Dream TeamAn innovative program has matched University scholars with professionals from private industry and local governments to breathe new life into some neglected spaces in the Mountain State. At Extreme Makeover: Brownfields Edition on December 2, four West Virginia communities — Chester, Shinnston, Parkersburg, and Wheeling — were matched with a “dream team” of faculty members and other experts to create redevelopment plans for projects in their communities to be one of the four initial projects of the West Virginia Redevelopment Collaborative.

The West Virginia Redevelopment Collaborative is a new initiative of West Virginia University’s Northern West Virginia Brownfields Assistance Center, funded by the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation, designed to use a team approach to tackle obstacles involved in redeveloping brownfields. Brownfields are properties that sit undeveloped because of a variety of real or perceived environmental barriers.

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