Talking water: green grass and high tides

Niagara Falls - Creative Commons, 11/12/13

Niagara Falls – Creative Commons, 11/12/13

Saying that water is important is quite an understatement. We need it. Without it we wouldn’t exist. Sometimes we can make it serve us, and other times we are at its unapologetic will. Obviously, planners must be aware of both the dangers and the uses. A look back through our planning blog posts shows that there is no shortage of discussions about water. So, without further ado, here’s a round-up of recent posts from some of our very own “Planning Required” bloggers that discuss very different aspects of our beloved H20.

Beginning with current events, and clearly the morose, Alex Erickson brings a spotlight to the dangers of typhoons and hurricanes to coastal habitats.

Planning for Disaster

Tod Morris had looked at some of the same aspects of the need for better planning in the wake of Sandy.

Failure Warning

Here, Juli McCoy points out that one of the reasons the Treasure Valley exists as we know it today is our ingenuity in controlling water.

New York, New York; Canal that is

And then Kelly Jensen talked about how those controlling mechanisms can fail when we disregard or miss the other pertinent aspects, like geology.

That Dam Planning Failure

Sometimes we bite off more than we can proverbially chew, with ramifications beyond that which our initial prospective envisioned, as Michael Kohntopp recounts.

Risky Planning in the Desert

Even I have had a hand in the discussion, considering the problems with planning for artificial waterways and with the subsequent dangers of run-off and seepage.

Failing in love…

Although not directly, Andrew Crisp’s piece on kickstarting and crowd-funding brought attention to an interesting project to clean a dirty waterway.

Kickstarted: Crowd-funding Projects for Urban Environments

Aaron Mondada brings our practical uses of water and conservation into fuller view, highlighting the need for education on water resources as opposed to spectacular displays of waste.

Green lawns or a green tomorrow?

The green rooftop projects Cody Butler wrote about have potential benefits to storm water runoff.

Roots in Roofs

And finally, for good measure, this Future Cities article suggests that that Amsterdam may have an answer on how to irrigate those roofs, however unorthodox we may immediately think it is.

Amsterdam Will Harvest Urine for Green Roofs

Tide Curl - Creative Commons, 11/12/2013

Tide Curl – Creative Commons, 11/12/2013

While the last one doesn’t come from one of our very own, it seemed to fit very well with the topic, and point out that it is more than just a theme within our own writings – and that the discussion of water transcends some of the more basic ways we tend to consider it. If you hadn’t previously had an opportunity to read these articles, please do. There may be other themes that are just as valuable.