Ripple Effect 47: Reflections

A year after the beginning of the COVID pandemic, Emily sits down with Laura Briefer, Director of the Salt Lake City Department of Public Utilities, for a look back over 2020. Laura provides some great insights on lessons learned, surprising discoveries, and a stronger path forward for Salt Lake City utilities.

Ripple Effect 46: Useful Assets

A fantastic talk with Alex Loucopoulos of Sciens Capital Management LLC, an alternative asset management firm. Alex breaks down the need for capital investment in mid-level water infrastructure and projects. This is a great look at how a private ownership model can address critical water needs.

Ripple Effect 45: Meeting the Moment

Orianna Bretschger from Aquacycl talks about distributed infrastructure and her modular on-site waste water treatment system. A riveting conversation about bio-chemical reactions, the healthy role of capitalism, how to make a difference, and what is needed to make the future now.

Ripple Effect 44: Utilizing the Community

A must listen again! Tony Parrott, Executive Director, and Sharise Horn, Director of Community Benefits and Partnerships from the Louisville & Jefferson County Sewer District give us a GREAT overview of their recruitment, retention, and procurement policies. Their plan is both pragmatic and progressive and one to model to create a utility that is inclusive,…

Ripple Effect 43: Silver-Buckshot

Jesse Clark of Stream Landscape Architecture and Planning talks us through his many projects and the importance of urban stream health and creative storm water solutions. Great discussion about the importance of many small positive actions.

Ripple Effect 42: Back to the Lake!

In a companion episode to our Bonnie Baxter talk, Jaimi Butler of the Great Salt Lake Institute takes us back the Great Salt Lake and unpack one more layer of this fascinating jewel of an inland sea.

Ripple Effect 41: The Water Tower

This is a recipe for success. Kristan VandenHeuval of The Water Tower in Buford, Georgia, walks us through their “ecosystem of innovation.” Kristan and her team are building a novel and impactful approach to supporting smaller scale utilities and helping the surrounding communities succeed.

Ripple Effect 40: From Mars and Life Itself

THIS IS A MUST LISTEN conversation with Bonnie Baxter, Professor of Biology and Director of the Great Salt Lake Institute at Westminster College. Bonnie talks about several key Institute programs, including their partnership with NASA to explore microbial links between the Great Salt Lake and Mars. Be prepared to stretch your mind.

Ripple Effect 39: What’s Up With Wetlands?

Diane Munez, Stated Wetland Coordinator with Utah Geologic Survey discusses all the importance of wetlands and her role in mapping. assessing, and understanding Utah’s wetland environments. Great context for why and how information about wetlands can be used to inform decision making.