Water Issues Elevated in the Sinking City

Each time I attend national water conferences and events I hear inspiring words from water leaders such as “water is life” and “clean water isn’t just a health priority, it’s an economic necessity” – Gina McCarthy, EPA Administrator, WEFTEC 2014. This week as I joined thousands of water professionals from across the country in New [...]

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Don’t Flush It! National Drug Take-Back Day is this Saturday!

Have you ever been cleaning out your bathroom or kitchen cupboard and come across some old prescription medications that you no longer need – perhaps past their expiration date, or for a medical condition you no longer have, or maybe it’s a prescription that you didn’t finish because it didn’t work for your medical condition [...]

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Give and Take: California’s Ongoing Effort to Reduce Costs of Compliance

As any general manager will tell you, the costs of compliance for wastewater agencies can be one of the most significant drivers for local budgets. Monitoring, reporting, special studies, permit fees, lab tests, and increasingly stringent permit limits: these are just some of the escalating requirements agencies contend with. Some are core components of the [...]

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Because Water Works!

Today, water leaders from across the sector were in Washington, DC for a series of events co-hosted by members of The Value of Water Coalition along with the American Society of Civil Engineers; the Bipartisan Policy Center; Building America’s Future; the National Association of Counties; the National League of Cities; the National Urban League; and, [...]

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NACWA & National Milk Producers Join Forces to Improve Water Quality

Next Tuesday, NACWA and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote increased cooperation and communication between the two organizations in their efforts to make watershed-level water quality improvements.  This MOU will mark an important milestone in efforts to strengthen ties between urban and rural sectors on conservation [...]

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‘Cause That’s How We Roll!

National Toilet Paper Day was celebrated on August 26, and we should all take a moment to be grateful for how the pleasant rolls of soft TP make life a little better.  When my mom was growing up in a rural part of Texas in the 1950s, her house had no indoor plumbing and their [...]

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With Crisis Comes Opportunity

The recent crisis in Toledo where toxic algae blooms led to the shut off of municipal water to almost half a million people serves as a painful reminder that we should not take clean water for granted, something we as a nation are too often prone to do.  
The culprit in the Toledo case – toxic [...]

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The Power of A Works Wonders

At the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) we like to say that NACWA is each utility individually. . .realizing the power of many. . .by speaking with one voice. . .to ensure affordable solutions with the greatest environmental benefit.  In other words, NACWA represents the power of association.  One recent example of this [...]

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Texas’ Unlikely GHG Story

Texas recently found itself in a very unlikely regulatory position. Historically the Lone Star State is typically positioned on the side of light environmental regulation. In a convoluted story of unintended consequences, Texas’ original stance against subjecting and regulating greenhouse gasses (GHGs) under the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and Title V Program, resulted in [...]

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The Springfield Story

Last week I testified in front of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment about the clean water affordability problems facing the City of Springfield, Missouri, and how integrated planning offers us a practical yet effective approach for addressing our water challenges in the most affordable way for our citizens. 
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