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Sustainability in Seattle: Water Conservation

One big dam or a thousand small projects? City Council President Richard Conlin presents Seattle's water conservation policies.
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When water consumption in your city is expected to skyrocket in the coming years, what would you do? Build more dams? Or build hundreds of smaller projects to fix all the leaks in your pipes and install low-flow fixtures in homes and businesses?

Richard Conlin gave this speech to a Sustainable Bainbridge gathering on October 9, 2008 at Islandwood. Conlin is the president of the Seattle City Council and a member of YES! Magazine's board of directors.

Hand with earthSustainable Bainbridge is an organization of community leaders in Bainbridge Island, WA, YES! Magazine's hometown. The organization aims to protect and strengthen the island community's social, environmental, and economic sustainability for current and future generations.

YES! Online Intern Jon Sayer recorded and produced these videos for YES!

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