Lynn Scarlett is the former Deputy Director of the U.S. Department of the Interior and now an independent environmental consultant. She can be reached at

March 14, 2010

Integrated Approaches to Greener Cities

"Typically, the current administrative structure of municipal government and its relationship to the private sector and civil society can pose significant barriers to developing integrated...
September 14, 2009

A Watershed Event in Water Management

Across the nation, cities, counties and water districts want clean water, but they face a dilemma. Regulatory mechanisms and permits, usually directed at geographic governing...
July 29, 2009

Cleaner Water for Fewer Dollars: Paving the Way

First, the bad news: Nationwide, urban development with impervious surfaces has increased 20 percent over the past two decades. The resulting increase in stormwater runoff is...