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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We Were Collaborating Before Collaborating Was Cool

I don’t know about you, but I always feel a little bit of remorse about not reading more business books.  As I wander through the airport – the books call to me like a lost child and make me feel guilty about hunkering down over People Magazine on my flight, at least for the duration […]

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Water Quality Trading: A Case for Collaborative Watershed Management

Addressing complex water quality issues in agricultural areas is no simple task and water quality strategies that integrate both urban and agricultural needs are often elusive and lack the resources needed to truly transform watershed health on a large scale. In addition, many strategies lack community buy-in and the stewardship resources needed to ensure the […]

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To Flush or Not to Flush? That is the Question

“To Flush or Not to Flush” seems to be a question that many consumers either cannot answer correctly, or do not care to ask.  Wastewater utilities are frustrated by the amount of materials – such as paper towels, baby wipes, cleaning wipes, wipes labeled “flushable”, and feminine hygiene products – that are causing expensive problems […]

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President’s State of the Union Focuses on Infrastructure; EPA Begins Task of Standing up New Water Finance Center

President Obama delivered a strong State of the Union address last night touting infrastructure investment as a bipartisan issue. Specifically, the President stated that:
“21st century businesses need 21st century infrastructure — modern ports, stronger bridges, faster trains and the fastest internet. Democrats and Republicans used to agree on this. So let's set our sights higher […]

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Water Quality Concerns Tops the List for USDA RCPP Spending and NACWA Members are Key Partners

Today, the USDA announced 115 grant awards under the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), a new program established under the 2014 Farm Bill that relies on non-agricultural partners to help farmers implement conservation practices to address natural resources concerns, including water quality.   The program is a novelty as it is the first USDA conservation program […]

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How DC Water Made a Bad Day Better Using Social Media

Imagine if in the midst of rush hour during the hustle and bustle of the busy holiday season, a water main break occurs in the middle of a major metropolitan area, completely inundating a large section of the public transportation system and affecting tens of thousands of commuters.
This nightmare actually occurred in our nation’s capital […]

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Happy 2015!

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Happy Holidays!

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