July – August 2017 TRENDS
NPG Report Focuses on U.S. Infrastructure and Population
According to a new forum paper released by Negative Population Growth (NPG), the United States may need to accommodate as many as 417 million people by 2060, meaning the nation’s present failing and fragile infrastructure (e.g., highways, bridges, dams, water systems, electric grids, etc.) will be put under tremendous added stress.
The eight-page paper (at http://bit.ly/2ufaNxz), “Collision Course: Infrastructure and U.S. Population Growth,” researched and written by Edwin S. Rubenstein, notes that although the percentage of infrastructure spending in the U.S. economy has collapsed, population growth remains on its upward trajectory—a recipe for potential future disasters.
Clean Water Coalition Touts Environmental Justice Success
In July 2017, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies and a nationwide coalition of clean water agencies/utilities released findings from its Environmental Justice Compendium, Opportunities for Municipal Clean Water Utilities to Advance Environmental Justice and Community Service. Officials from clean water agencies nationwide shared local community projects they’ve been implementing that address specific Environmental Justice needs.
The compendium (which can be accessed at bit.ly/2tkkJkM) contains case studies of active community clean water projects, representing efforts by water-treatment agencies to reach beyond the traditional model of simply moving and treating water.
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