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50 YEARS AFTER A HISTORIC RIVER FIRE,CDP SPOTLIGHTS FINANCING WATER-SMART INFRASTRUCTURE

Posted by ALPHA88 CHARITY | Jan 18, 2019

Water is crucial in building our new sustainable economy, and urban centers around the world are being put to the test.Cities need ample sources of clean water to keep people and the surrounding environment healthy and continue economic growth.

Cleveland, Ohio brought the U.S. to a turning point 50 years ago, when the final Cuyahoga River fire garnered nationwide attention that sparked the birth of the Clean Water Act. In this semicentennial month, CDP is putting a spotlight on our work bridging water security and cities through in-person workshops; new data points; and a pipeline of green infrastructure projects vital to water-secure cities.

As the impacts of climate change manifest, water is often how citizens, municipalities, and companies experience its effects. We see this through snowpack levels declining, precipitation patterns shifting, more extreme weather events occurring, and flooding events intensifying.

But since many cities face the challenges of limited resources and insufficient capital to prepare for the worst that climate change will bring, how can they protect their citizens from these dangers?

Green infrastructure—such as increased urban tree canopy, riverfront parks, stream buffers, and green roofs—plays a critical role in reducing stress on combined sewer systems, recharging groundwater, dampening flood violence, and protecting vulnerable properties from storm surges. City disclosure to CDP of relevant projects underpins the drive to finance and build water-secure municipalities across the globe.

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