Rotterdam leader in water management11-05-2016
Water scarcity or a surplus of water: no one knows better than Rotterdam how to manage water. This port city ranks number one in the Sustainable Cities Water Index, a ranking that reflects the global cities that are most sustainable in terms of their water management.
Climate and water: New guidance & examples04-03-2016
Two major international networks recently published intel on climate adaptation and water management, freely available online.
For protection from the rising sea, look to Europe’s example08-12-2015
Last summer, Peter van Veelen led me on a hydraulic tour of Rotterdam, an excursion along the canals, dikes, sluice gates, and cisterns that keep residents dry in an island of a city that’s mostly below sea level. Under a leaden sky, van Veelen, an urban planner, pedaled his battered three-speed. I trailed behind on a rental bike. He pointed at the red stones paving a plaza by the new central train station. A chamber below stores storm water gushing from the building’s 7-acre roof, delaying drainage into the city’s overtaxed storm-water system. And just then, heavy drops rained down, glazing the pavement and fogging van Veelen’s glasses.
First London Sustainable Drainage Action Plan06-11-2015
The Mayor Boris Johnson, in partnership with Thames Water, the Environment Agency and London Councils have published a draft of the first London Sustainable Drainage Action Plan. This is a long-term plan intended to inspire, facilitate and co-ordinate a step-change in how we manage rainwater in the Capital. It seeks to roll back the tide of grey, impermeable surfaces and replace them with a mosaic of new green features, such as raingardens and green roofs.