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Future City Competition
Georgia Region
RM 150 Bldg. N, SPSU
1100 South Marietta Pkwy
Marietta, GA 30060

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ESSAY RESOURCES

 The 2013 Future City Competition theme was

"Rethink Runoff: Design Clean Solutions to Manage Stormwater Pollution"

 

Future City National provides an extensive list of resources on the National Website under the section Write the Essay. These can help you start you investigations into this years theme. They include:

  • Citation Template- a downloadable pdf of the MLA Reference Template
  • A listing of Websites and Videos on this years theme.
  • A list of Books
  • A list of Google search words
  • A list of Field Trip Suggestions

You can click on the National Web site link to the left or go directly to the resource page at the link below:

RESOURCES

 

MyFairLakes.com has an introductory powerpoint presentation and text that introduces the water cycle, compares rainfall on natural landscape vs. cityscapes, introduces some of the consequences of stormwater runoff like erosion, flash floods and pollution. It also introduces solutons that help cityscapes function more like natural landscapes. You can download both the powerpoint and text for free on their website at the link below.

STORMWATER POWERPOINT

 


HERE ARE SOME OF YOUR GA FUTURE CITY STEERING COMMITTEE'S FAVORITE VIDEOS ON THIS YEAR'S THEME.

This video was produced by the EPA and introduces issues and solutions to stormwater runoff

 

The National Resouces Defense Council (NRDC) produced this video entitled How Stormwater Runoff Effects You. You can also find more information on their website at:

NRDC

 

This video by Free Range is entitled A Drop's Life

 

 

RESOURCES FOR OUR REGION

 The Atlanta Regional Commission has developed a three volume manual on Georgia Stormwater Management designed to provide guidance on stormwater management. Its a good technical source book for our region. You download it for free at the following link:

 

ARC GEORGIA STORMWATER MANAGEMENT MANUAL

 
 
STORMWATER STRATEGIES 

Fun Facts- Water

 
This year’s Future City Theme RETHINKING RUNOFF focuses on water use and conservation. Water is a precious resource, something we in Georgia have come to realize with the recent water wars. Here are some interesting facts about Water in our area from the Atlanta Regional Commission’s Fifty Forward Initiative brochure on Sustainability.
 
  • 55% of all the water used is consumed at home.
  • The average rainfall in the Atlanta metro area is historically 52 ...inches.  In 2007 during the drought that rainfall was reduced to 32 inches.
  • The improper disposal of used motor oil from one oil change can contaminate a million gallons of water. That’s a year’s supply of water for 50 people.
  • A typical U.S. household washes 400 loads of laundry a year. A conventional washer uses 40 gallons of water per load. Using a certified Energy Star washer that uses only 18-25 gallons of water per load saves 15 to 22 gallons per load. That’s a savings of 6,000 to 8,800 gallons of water per household per year.
  • A low-flow toilet can save 10 gallons of water per person per day. A family of four could save 1,200 gallons per month or 14,400 gallons a year.
  • An inefficient sprinkler can deliver 300 gallons of water per hour. Over watering also encourages shallow root development making plants more susceptible to drought.
  • The Clayton Country Water Authority saved $14.62 in reduced water production for every $1.00 it spent on its water leak detection and repair program. The program saved 5.8 million gallons of water per day.
  • To ensure safe drinking water, our nation's water utilities will have to make an estimated $277 billion dollar investment over the next 20 years.



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