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December 10, 2019

In the latest edition of the Climate Change Business Journal (CCBJ), LimnoTech’s Laura Weintraub and Doug Bradley share how the power sector is addressing water resource challenges in the face of climate change. In the CCBJ interview, Laura and Doug discuss 316(a) [thermal discharge] and 316(b) [fish protection] regulations and compliance; water use efficiency and alternate supplies; climate change resiliency, risk assessments and planning; water stewardship as an approach for climate change adaptation and community partnership; and new technology available to help monitor changing environmental conditions.

When asked what role climate change is playing in 316(a) and 316(b) assessments, Laura and Doug noted that:

Many Waterbodies in the upper Midwest are experiencing dramatic changes in biodiversity with the introduction of invasive species that are thriving in conditions that appear to be a response to recent climate patterns… Teasing out environmental versus facility-related impacts adds a new layer of scientific complexity.”

To read the full interview, click here.

Do you have a water resource challenge you would like to discuss? You can contact Laura at lweintraub@limno.com or Doug at dbradley@limno.com.


Laura Weintraub, Associate Vice President and Senior Environmental and Water Resources Engineer, has more than 23 years of experience supporting public, private, and research clients in watershed planning, water sustainability, TMDLs, stormwater management, source water protection, and decision-support system development. She has a particular interest in water issues faced by the electric power industry.

Doug Bradley, Senior Project Scientist and Aquatic Resource Specialist, has over 20 years of experience leading aquatic evaluations, research, and regulatory support for state and federal agencies and for power, industrial, and municipal clients. He has served as principal investigator for several EPRI projects on 316(b) compliance.

Interview reprinted from the Climate Change Business Journal with permission from Environmental Business International Inc. All rights reserved. © 2019 EBI Inc., www.ebionline.org.

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