The Plastic Microbead Loophole

Wisconsin recently joined the growing number of states that have passed bans on plastic microbeads in personal care products (PCPs).  Unfortunately, the Wisconsin law, along with other proposed state laws, contains a major loophole that benefits the plastics and cosmetics industries at the expense of the environment and human health. 
The movement to ban microbeads in […]

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NACWA Sends Strong Resolution to Capitol Hill Opposing Great Lakes Provision in Senate EPA Spending Bill

Over the past couple of weeks, we have been up on The Hill urging Senators to oppose Section 428 of the Senate Appropriations Committee Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 spending package. Section 428 would prohibit wastewater agencies that discharge directly or indirectly to the Great Lakes from discharging overflows of any kind, including combined sewer overflows (CSOs) […]

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Ohio Places New Burdens on POTWs in Response to Toledo Water Crisis

New legislation became effective in Ohio last Friday, July 3, that attempts to respond to the toxic algal blooms that shut down water service to approximately 500,000 customers in Toledo last summer.  The application of fertilizer on frozen, snow covered, or saturated soil in the Western Basin of Lake Erie—where the majority of phosphorous spills […]

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Happy 4th of July!

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Is Beer the Next Frontier for Clean Water Utilities?

There is a ‘yuck’ factor associated with what has traditionally been called Toilet to Tap initiatives in the arena of water reuse; but this may be changing.  With the summer upon us, and for some parts of the country, historic drought, comes renewed national attention on the issue of potable water reuse.  Two NACWA Member […]

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Unmanned Aerial Systems and the Utility of the Future

UAS and the UOTF

Unmanned Aerial Systems (also called UAS or drones) are now inexpensive to acquire and cost-effective and easy to operate. UAS are already in use in many industries in the United States including energy, emergency response, and the motion picture industry. UAS technology has been used worldwide since about 2013 to conduct inspections of […]

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Climate Resiliency: Local Perspectives, Global Ideas, and the Upcoming International Water & Climate Forum

As cities seek to redesign the way they manage water in response to changing climate conditions, it has become clear that a “one water” approach that unites drinking water, wastewater treatment, recycled water, and stormwater management efforts is the most beneficial to addressing many resiliency challenges while providing a wide range of community benefits.
LA Sanitation, […]

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The Cost of Clean Water

How much should clean water cost?  Should I have to pay more for my water and sewer bill than I do for cable TV?  What is the true value of having clean and safe rivers, lakes and estuaries?  These are important questions that garner significant and ongoing discussion, but one thing is clear: the cost […]

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Greener is Better – DC Water’s Updated Consent Decree

On May 20, 2015 I was joined by our partners at the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ), and the Mayor of the District of Columbia to announce the completion of the process to modify DC Water’s Long Term Control Plan to enable a significant investment in green infrastructure.
Under the […]

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The Nation’s Capital Shows Leadership on Integrated Planning, Green Infrastructure & Jobs

At an event in Washington, DC today, DC Water announced its new agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to modify its long term control plan for green infrastructure to meet obligations under its wet weather consent decree. In addition to the multiple benefits that green infrastructure – […]

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