The second episode focuses on the declining wastewater treatment infrastructure and introduces the concept of ecological design. The role of the EPA is emphasized as Vermont is challenged to modify its TMDL (Total maximum daily load) defining nutrient thresholds allowed into the Lake. The Clean Water Act had a tremendous effect on minimizing concentrated inputs into our waterways, but a lot has changed in the past 30 years and there is increased political pressure on the CWA under the guise of economic development. Increased inputs, degrading infrastructure and expanding operating costs are forcing designers to reconsider "end-of-pipe" solutions.
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Episode #102 / Length: 26 minutes