Earth Day Is All About the Value of Water

Every year Earth Day arrives on April 22nd and newspapers and other media outlets focus on water quality, climate/air quality, clean energy or conservation issues, often from a global perspective.  The term “Earth Day” is in and of itself an interesting one. I recently heard someone say that Planet Earth was misnamed – given that […]

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We Are the Masters of Our Own Fate

The political landscape here in DC is increasingly contentious and it is harder than ever to get the attention of our national leaders. For example, when it comes to water we are told that Congress focuses so much effort on the Waters of the US rule because the stakeholders opposing the rule are a far […]

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On April Fools – The Wipes Issue is No Joke

The media can’t seem to get enough of wipes stories, which is a good thing for utilities since every news story draws attention to the problem and helps to educate people not to flush wipes.  Several major stories appeared about the wipes problem in the month of March.  The New York Times published an article […]

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Social Media Should Be Added To Your Congressional Tool Box

With Water Week now upon us, the time has come to think about ways to reach out to members of Congress and their staff.  One thing is clear from a recent survey on preferred methods of communication for congressional staffers: There is absolutely no one-size-fits-all method.  With services like Facebook and Twitter allowing elected officials […]

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Don’t Gamble on Wet Weather Consent Decree Negotiations

If you are one of the estimated 40 million Americans who fill out more than 70 million brackets and “legally” wager approximately $2 billion on the NCAA tournament, your bracket may have taken a hit from upsets such as No. 1 seed Villanova getting ousted by N.C. State and No. 2 Virginia falling to Michigan State […]

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Let Water Spring to Life in March

After a long and brutal winter (yes, I’m talking about you Boston!), this is the time of year that most of us begin embracing spring.  With weather on the east coast getting up into the 60’s and 70’s, the mountains of snow in our cities are melting away.  March also brings us World Water Day, […]

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The Utility of the Future at Work: Biomethane as New Sources of Energy & Income

Clean water agencies seek more sustainable energy management and options for management of residuals produced in the process of cleaning dirty water.  The American Biogas Council (ABC) reports that “[t]he U.S. has over 2,000 sites producing biogas: 239 anaerobic digesters on farms, 1,241 wastewater treatment plants using an anaerobic digester . . . and 636 […]

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March Water Madness

Everyone loves holidays and observances.  Whether it be a national holiday like Independence Day, a religious or secular holiday or even an unofficial holiday – such as International Talk Like a Pirate Day – we all have our favorites.  March happens to be choke-full of fun unofficial holidays that are meaningful to the clean water […]

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EPA’s Dental Amalgam Separator Rule: It’s Not Filling a Hole

Keeping mercury out of the environment is definitely a good thing, since it is a persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic pollutant.  Clean water agencies have long worked to reduce their mercury discharges into the environment, and a variety of pollution prevention measures have resulted in the reduction of mercury discharges from wastewater treatment facilities.
Last year, EPA […]

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FY2016 Budget Request Shifts the Debate on Clean Water Investments

The debate over what federal programs to fund for the upcoming fiscal year that begins in October got underway earlier this month when the Obama Administration released its FY 2016 Budget Request.  Acknowledging what many federal budget watchers have argued for two years, the Administration decided to jettison the budget handcuffs of sequestration, which imposed across […]

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