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The long view: How University Circle flood became an issue of regional concern

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/17/18 @ 4:00pm  |  Posted in Climate, Land, Water

Sunday's rains flooded out parts of Cleveland—cars were seen literally floating along Euclid Avenue, that is, if they could reach University Circle at all with multiple road closures causing a Monday morning ruckus. By Tuesday, the area dodged another episode as rain turned to snow. Before the next spring torrent arrives, let’s talk about what extreme weather events like this...

<br />Heavy rains mix with raw sewage in Doan Brook<br />Regime shift in hydrological systems. Image: Marina Alberti.<br />Slow and fast variables. Urban patterns have complex impacts on variables that change slowly in response to long-term processes (e.g. mitigating floods) and that constrain the response of fast variables (e.g. land cover change), generating a shift in the hydrological regime. Image Marina Alberti.

Cleveland braces against climate change with resilience plan

Marc Lefkowitz  |  10/31/17 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Climate, Land, Water

Amid disturbing reports this week that climate change has already started to erode public health after a disaster-filled autumn and studies that major branches of the animal kingdom are stressed and finding it difficult to reproduce — a mounting effort to soften the blow is starting to take shape in cities across the U.S. Extreme hurricanes and wildfires have made 2017...

<br />Drought, heat waves, deadly hurricanes and wild fires are all expected with more intensity. Cities are responding with climate resiliency plans. Image: University Corporation for Atmospheric Research, Boulder, Colorado.

Resilience it is in the water

Marc Lefkowitz  |  09/15/17 @ 11:00am  |  Posted in Transform, Water

In the 2013 book Resilience in Ecology and Urban Design Kelly Shannon of the Oslo School of Architecture defines resilient cities as those that “bend from harm.”

The Sanlihe Greenway<br />Photo from American Society of Landscape Architects

Ten water saving tips to try at home

Marc Lefkowitz  |  08/15/16 @ 3:00pm  |  Posted in Water, Home

We are fortunate to be on a Great Lake and have an abundant supply of fresh water. But there are still good reasons to conserve.

<br />Lake Erie. Image: David Beach.

Cool things seen at CSU Water Resilient Cities

Marc Lefkowitz  |  04/22/16 @ 2:00pm  |  Posted in Water

The Great Lakes region may not be known as a hot bed of extreme weather events like those that buffet the Plains or swamp the coasts. But the Midwest is girding for climate change.

Super green lane<br />Sunset Avenue, the main drag of Butler University, just got a green spruce up. Indianapolis, Indiana green streets helped pay the $3 million project which has a porous pavement bike lane and 8,000 sq ft of linear rain garden. The alternative, conventional plan would have cost $3.5 million. Image: Williams Creek Consulting.A bridge to the future<br />Michigan City, Indiana wanted to do its part to clean up Lake Michigan and making its beach safe for swimming. A massive rain garden above and new sewer underground helped. Image: Alliance for the Great Lakes (which secured a $60,000 grant for the project).<br />Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District won its Ohio Supreme Court case to charge landowners a fee for their stormwater runoff. In part by digitizing its entire service area. Here, for example, is the Super Walmart at Steelyard Commons in Cleveland. <br />Nine Mile Creek in South Euclid before the city worked with Biohabitats, Inc. on what they call a regenerative stormwater conveyance. The creek was channeled into a concrete ditch. Image: Biohabitats, Inc.<br />Nine Mile Creek in South Euclid after its regeneration (not restoration) as the firm Biohabitats prefers to call it. Image: Biohabitats, Inc.<br />Milwaukee Water Commons is a citizen led effort to explore what it means to be a water city. They hold yearly summits and are working on a 10 year vision that the community gets to vote on. Image: Milwaukee Water Commons.Scranton Flats<br />The first publicly funded part of the Towpath Trail in Cleveland includes a 2,800 square foot nature shoreline. Image: Ohio & Erie Canalway
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