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Tom Arrandale is a GOVERNING correspondent. He writes the Sustainability newsletter, which features the latest news on the people, policies and programs that are helping to create a new generation of sustainable, smart, more livable communities. Tom Arrandale is a graduate of Dartmouth College and the University of Missouri School of Journalism. A native of upstate New York, he lived in Albuquerque, N.M., for 25 years and is now based in Livingston, Mont. He reports on environmental issues, including whether expanding cities and declining rural communities can prosper continuously while adapting to the natural capacity of their air, water and landscapes.

Tom Arrandale
November 1, 2014

A Big Bear in the Big City

As bears, cougars and other predatory animals range closer to cities, wildlife agencies are rethinking how best to keep both people and animals safe.
July 1, 2014

Drought-Plagued Regions Struggle to Conserve Water and Make Money

The more water people save, the more money utilities lose. They're looking far afield for a solution.
October 22, 2012

Turning Forests into Carbon Banks

More and more cities are using forests to absorb carbon dioxide and offset greenhouse gas emissions.
September 24, 2012

It's a Critical Time for the Clean Water Act

As the federal law approaches its 40th anniversary, there is still a lot of debate over what bodies of water the act protects.
August 27, 2012

Droughts, Lawns and Our Water Supply

Xeriscaping and other outdoor water conservation efforts are starting to spread to unlikely regions.
July 23, 2012

Wildfires Threaten Water Supplies

More than 60 million people get their water from national forests. But ash and debris from big fires can make the water undrinkable.
June 25, 2012

Recycling's Silver Lining

It is always at the mercy of budget cuts in tight fiscal times, but new green industries might make recycling too valuable to cut.
May 29, 2012

Striving to Relocalize Food Production

To keep Americans eating healthful, fresh-off-the-farm food, states and localities are establishing regional food policies.
April 20, 2012

The Price of Greening Stormwater

Philadelphia officials hope the city’s redesigned stormwater fees will lead to imaginative private financing that will help rehabilitate watersheds.
March 26, 2012

Greening Government's Fleet of Big Trucks

Street sweepers, snow plows and fire trucks will soon be cleaner and more fuel efficient under new emissions standards.
August 31, 2008

Carbon Goes to Market

Late this month, 10 Northeastern states will conclude an auction like no other in American history. What's up for grabs is not art or property. It's...
April 30, 2008

Flushing Away Fears

Clearly, residents of San Diego would rather not drink their own wastewater. The first time the idea of it came up, about a decade ago,...
August 31, 2007

Confluence of Interest

Back in the summer of 1966, a rock group named the The Standells enjoyed their only major hit, "Dirty Water." The words were inspired by Massachusetts'...
July 31, 2007

Wildfire Fight

Most dry summer months, somewhere in the country, a wildfire flares into a fearsome sight that fills the sky with harrowing flames and forbidding columns...
May 31, 2007

The Salty Solution

It's tough to imagine that steamy Florida may be running out of water. Yet state and local water managers this spring barred homeowners from sprinkling...
April 1, 2007

Hydro Defense

Despite spending millions on security upgrades, drinking-water systems are still vulnerable to sabotage.
January 31, 2007

A Bolder Boulder

The Colorado city's citizens are going along with a "carbon tax" to control greenhouse gases that affect the climate. No doubt the new U.S....
September 1, 2006

Prozac in the Water

Sophisticated new tests reveal small amounts of steroids and other drugs in drinking water. How big a threat are these contaminants?
April 1, 2006

Crypto Crackdown

New federal rules are forcing utilities to significantly upgrade how they treat drinking water supplies.
November 1, 2004

Predator Politics

Wolves are back in Montana, and many of the citizens are upset about it. Carolyn Sime has the task of calming people down.Carolyn Sime had a stress-free job in the Montana backcountry that any lover of the outdoors would envy.
December 1, 2003

Making The Most of A Rainy Day

Localities are learning to capitalize on nature's own plumbing system.
June 1, 2003

Foreign Faucet

Cities that tap private companies to run water systems often are hiring overseas firms. Some find that hard to swallow.
November 1, 2002

Trouble in the Wind

When windmills are sited near scenic spots, environmental groups say that's too high a price to pay for green power.
December 1, 2000

Guide to Clean Water: Keeping it Fit to Sip

The new rules on safe drinking water are both better and worse for states and localities.