Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Retrofit Green Infrastructure to Existing Developments

Asbury Park Press published an article titled "Low-lying areas vs. flooding is a losing battle" on November 17, 2011. I was interviewed by the staff writer Michelle Gladden and was cited by her in the article. Part of the article reads: "Guo said the focus should be on the larger issue of not generating too much stormwater runoff by implementing changes to infrastructure designs. A more prudent temporary fix would be to retrofit 'green' infrastructure to properties designed prior to the more stringent 2004 guideline, he said." The full article is available from the newspaper website.

Photo to the left shows a stormwater bioretenti​on system that was installed at the Rutgers Stadium south end expansion site. Additional photos can be found from my water photo album.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Three Gorges Dam Visited

I visited Three Gorges Dam, as a part of the technical tour organized by the Cross Strait Water Resources Conference in late October.

Photo to the left shows downstream face of the Three Gorges Dam. Rest of the photos that I took can be found in my water photo album.

The Three Gorges Dam is a hydroelectric dam that spans the Yangtze River in China. It is the world’s largest power station in terms of installed capacity (20,300 MW). Besides producing electricity, the dam was designed and constructed to increase the Yangtze River's shipping capacity, and reduce the potential for floods downstream by providing flood storage space.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Four Talks Given in China on Water Environment Protection and Restoration

In late October, I gave two lectures in Shanghai, one theme talk at the Cross Strait Water Resources Conference in Wuhan, and one lecture in the Water Resources Department of Guangdong Province. I reviewed U.S. experiences on water environment assessment, protection, and restoration. I also suggested the need to take further advantage of native microbs in the water environment restoration.

Photo to the left shows Shanghai on east and west sides of the Huangpu River. Rest of the photos that I took can be found in my water photo album.