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Sewer District strikes back; Cincy streetcar derailed (again); 'eastward ho' for RTA; shrinking city returns

Marc Lefkowitz  |  11/14/13 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Transit, Clean water, Land

The Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District is fighting a court order to shut down its “green” stormwater program; this week, it asked the Ohio Supreme Court to hear its case.

Back to the land<br />How big of a role will urban farms like the Ohio City Farm play in Cleveland's vacant land crisis?<br />The damage done<br />Doan Brook on the east side of Cleveland overflowing its banks during a heavy rain.

Stormwater legal follies: How an essential clean water program in Northeast Ohio is being frustrated in court

David Beach  |  10/30/13 @ 5:00pm  |  Posted in Clean water

Justice is supposed to be blind. But it’s a problem when it’s so blind it can’t even read the law. That seems to be what happened to the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District, whose vital stormwater program was recently halted by the Ohio Court of Appeals.

Doan Brook overwhelmed<br />Doan Brook is one of many urban streams that is regularly scoured out and polluted by heavy stormwater flows. This dirty water flows directly to Lake Erie. Rocky River sediment<br />The problem of stormwater washing sediment off the land can be seen at the confluence of the east and west branches of the Rocky River in this 2005 photo. The east branch on the left -- with the brown, sediment-laden water -- had more development activities and more disturbed land. Flood damage<br />Stormwater flows damage infrastructure throughout the region. A Cuyahoga River flood undercut the track of the Cuyahoga Valley Scenic Railroad.

With Sewer District blocked who's minding the stormwater?

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/22/13 @ 12:00pm  |  Posted in Clean water, Gardening

The effort to get property owners engaged in a real easy-to-ignore problem—floods and contaminated lake water—was dealt a blow in September when an appellate court told the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District it didn’t have the authority to collect a fee based on the square footage of hard surfaces at homes and business. Observers wondered if this was a death...

Blame it on the rain<br />A permeable paver driveway installed in Cleveland

Oberlin Dashboard animation makes acting for climate fun

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/17/13 @ 10:00am  |  Posted in Clean energy, Clean water, Home

Aaron Kozloff landed his first job since graduating last December from Oberlin College managing The Environmental Dashboard. Success will hinge on an idea hatched by three of his former teachers, John Petersen, a professor in Systems Ecology, Rumi Shammin in Environmental Studies and Cindy Frantz in Social Psychology. They want to know how many of Oberlin’s 8,300 residents will alter...

See the change you want to be<br />The Oberlin Environmental Dashboard displays real time energy and water use at community and building levels.

Cleveland on edge of a blue century

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/09/13 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Clean water

The Great Lakes are a powerful container. The Chicago architect Philip Enquist talks about their power to carve and shape what's in our path as it drains through more than 200,000 square miles. He called the mega regional geography "the great blue basin" during a speech last Friday at the Cleveland Museum of Natural History.

Big blue<br />Lake Erie water from the Miller Ferry. Image: Greg Slawson, GC Creative Studio.Green over brown<br />Cincinnati's Sewer District's plan for Lick Run is to daylight the urban tributary and make it the center of a redeveloped neighborhood.Big vision<br />Green building and connections to water figure largely in Skidmore, Owings & Merrill's design for a former US Steel operation as a neighborhood south of Chicago. Image: SOM.Make sure your connected<br />Wai'anapanapa Beach (black sand) in Maui, Hawaii. Image: Greg Slawson, GC Creative Studios.

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