Category Archives: ecosystems

Soaking up the sun with floating solar farms

In recent years floating solar farms have been popping up on water bodies around the globe. While typically more expensive to initially install, floating solar facilities have several notable advantages, including: Less use of productive farm land or valuable lands … Continue reading

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No desalination required – saving the Great Salt Lake

“Given the potential environmental, health, social, and political consequences of doing nothing or not doing enough, it seems to this retired planner that the truck and train tanker option in conjunction with strong water conservation measures should be employed at least as a stopgap measure until long-term solutions can be established.” Continue reading

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Using abnormally high-water events on the Great Lakes to help relieve the Western mega-drought

Its time to think about cross-regional cooperation to address our problems related to surface water and climate change. In recent years, water levels in the Great Lakes have been at or near all-time record highs. This has created numerous and … Continue reading

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Building solar farms on closed landfills in Massachusetts

As the list directly below demonstrates, over the past decade more than 80 communities in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts have successfully turned their closed brownfield landfills into green energy producing “bright fields.” Acton Landfill = 1.59 megawatt solar array on … Continue reading

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These places NEED to become one National Park!

Of all of America’s national parks, three (3) tend to stand out as pre-eminent showcases of outstanding natural beauty. Those are Yellowstone, Zion, and Yosemite. However, there is a fourth location that currently consists of a national monument, a national … Continue reading

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North America’s deepest lakes and reservoirs

The following list identifies the deepest natural and human-made lakes on the North American continent. Any additions, corrections, or suggestions for this list are most welcome. Great Slave Lake, NWT = 2,010 feet 2. Crater Lake, OR = 1,949 feet … Continue reading

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Salt of the Earth: Striking beauty of desert salt flats (or pans)

If you haven’t had the opportunity to see a salt flat (or pan), they are one of the most strikingly beautiful natural features on the planet. The remoteness, the otherworldly feel, the arid environment, and the rugged visual contrasts are … Continue reading

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Favorite scenic byways and roadways traveled

Below, listed in alphabetical order, are my favorite scenic byways and highways that I’ve traveled from across the United States. Those shown in bold would be at the top of my list. No freeways, toll roads, or interstate highways allowed … Continue reading

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One planner’s guide to non-fiction books about specific cities

Nearly every city has at least one unique story to tell about itself and some cities are filled with many interesting ones. The story(ies) may be due to conflict or upheaval, its unique culture or geography, a natural or human … Continue reading

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Longest rivers that outlet into the Great Lakes

The following list identifies the 43 (two ties) longest rivers that outlet into the Great Lakes in the United States and Canada. The longest river for each of the Great Lakes and for Lake St. Clair is identified in bold. … Continue reading

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