Chapter 3: Thinking Ecosystems, Providing Water: The Water Infrastructure Imperative

Contemporary Issues in Climate Change Law & Policy, Forthcoming

20 Pages Posted: 28 May 2016

Date Written: May 1, 2016

Abstract

Land use laws, such as comprehensive plans, site plan reviews and zoning codes, have important consequences on infrastructure necessary to provide critical services. As currently drafted, many of those laws rely largely on conventional “gray infrastructure” in which the manufactured, engineered, built environment is viewed as the primary, if not sole, means to provide essential public services. Given the age and status of the existing gray infrastructure, the added pressures to infrastructure from climate change, and the importance of core services such as transportation and the provision of potable water, this essay explores emerging systems that incorporate the greening of gray infrastructure to reduce costs and serve as adaptive models for an uncertain future.

Keywords: ecosystems, water infrastructure

Suggested Citation

Hirokawa, Keith H. and Rosenbloom, Jonathan D., Chapter 3: Thinking Ecosystems, Providing Water: The Water Infrastructure Imperative (May 1, 2016). Contemporary Issues in Climate Change Law & Policy, Forthcoming. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2785566 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2785566

Keith H. Hirokawa (Contact Author)

Albany Law School ( email )

80 New Scotland Avenue
Albany, NY 12208
United States

Jonathan D. Rosenbloom

Drake University Law School ( email )

27th & Carpenter Sts.
Des Moines, IA 50311
United States

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