Traditional water supply, sewage, and stormwater management systems create physical and institutional barriers that fracture the natural water cycle. This approach has negative environmental impacts and creates financial burdens for governments, taxpayers, and utility users. Many municipalities are taking steps to repair the fractured water system and these experiences provide a basis for sharing the knowledge learned with others.
Between 2013-2016, the Greater Lakes project worked with six pilot communities across the Great Lakes to share lessons learned and develop tools to help address financial and ecological challenges of managing water services. The lessons and the stories are featured here through a variety of products:
- What Is Integrated Water Management?
- Benefits of Integrated Water Management and Green Infrastructure
- Guidebooks, reports and fact sheets for municipal decisionmakers
- A Green Infrastructure Optimization Tool
- Videos highlighting the challenges of providing water services and how green infrastructure and water conservation can help
The products were developed as part of a 3-year initiative to examine the ecological and financial costs and benefits for pursuing water conservation and green infrastructure practices. The Greater Lakes project was led by the Great Lakes Commission with funding from the Great Lakes Protection Fund in partnership with the Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE), Environmental Consulting & Technology Inc. (ECT), and the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (GLSLCI).