A Northwest Vision for 2040 Water Infrastructure

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A Northwest Vision for 2040 Water Infrastructure shows how the Pacific Northwest can affordably develop integrated systems to supply, purify, and manage water that will be among the most sustainable and resilient in the world.

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Northwest Water Leaders Weigh in on 2040 Vision! -- (Webinar video)

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  • Transforming Our Vulnerable Water Infrastructure (LinkedIn), (Facebook)
  • 21st Century Tech for Critical Water Infrastructure Challenges (LinkedIn)
  • "Smart and holistic approaches to water management will be crucial to the public, environmental, and economic health of the Pacific Northwest in the coming century. The water infrastructure report by the Center for Sustainable Infrastructure provides a clear vision for moving us into that future. Cutting across multiple disciplines, it offers new approaches for maximizing the value of our most precious resource."

    • Jeff Clarke
      General Manager, Alderwood Water & Wastewater District
  • “CSI has – once again – brought together regional thought leaders, each well versed in practicalities but also well positioned to offer aspirational yet realistic strategies for policy-makers with the goal of ensuring thriving communities today and into the future.”

    • Liz Kelly
      Vice President, CH2M
  • “One of the most important aspects of government is its ability to integrate critical infrastructure investments like water supply, treatment and delivery today and tomorrow. That’s the topic of a new report out that helps elected officials like me and my colleagues plan and spend smarter, and be able to deliver essential public services to our residents. This report lays out exactly how future world class water infrastructure systems of the future should work. It’s a great blueprint.”

    • John Stokes
      Mayor, City of Bellevue and Vice Chair, Cascade Water Alliance
  • "Our water infrastructure belongs to us all. Low income neighborhoods throughout our region face an array of intersectional challenges in economic attainment, health outcomes, and finding stable housing. While there are no magic bullets, thinking more holistically about a new way to manage our water will make sure the benefits and burdens are more equitably distributed. This report isn't just for decision-makers, experts, and academics. Local communities need to be sure they're at the table and understand how water infrastructure can be part of broader solutions." 

  • "A timely and important report for anyone looking to better understand the problem and opportunity landscape of water infrastructure in the Pacific Northwest. The authors take a comprehensive view of our water infrastructure challenges and, more importantly, offer a collection of strategies that capitalize on existing investments and which align with triple bottom line goals for greater economic, social, and environmental resilience."

    • Cathy Kellon
      Working Waters Director, Geos Institute
  • “In its new report, the Center for Sustainable Infrastructure has captured the latest thinking, best practices, and future vision for a truly resilient, financially prudent, ecologically responsible, and comprehensively integrated water infrastructure system. If you still think past is prologue when it comes to water management: it’s time to think again. Many of our prior assumptions are now highly suspect and deserve a serious and critical reevaluation. This report is a thorough roadmap to guide that inquiry. In the long run, few areas of public policy are more important.  Water is life. Enough said.”

    • Steve Whitney
      Senior Program Director, Bullitt Foundation
  • “We need to have a serious community conversation around water infrastructure - water, wastewater and surface water. Meeting the needs of the next generation requires more than just upgrading aging pipes. The conversation needs to recognize the impacts of climate change and storm events, integrating technology, and finding new ways of sharing the financial burden. A Northwest Vision for 2040 Water Infrastructure frames the challenge and opportunity, and shows how we can get this right -- our society and our economy depend on it.”.

    • Paul Roberts
      Past President, Association of Washington Cities and former Public Works Director, Marysville and Planning Director, Everett
  • “We face an infrastructure crisis in the United States with a long list of aging systems.  The Center, through its work with regional and national thought leaders, is positioned to ask critical questions and propose timely solutions.  This  report should be required reading for anyone looking for pragmatic, integrated and visionary approaches to significant and lasting improvements to our water and wastewater systems."