No National Stormwater Rule, Now What?

Warmer temperatures have broken out in most of the country, thankfully putting a lid on the bitter chill of winter. While others were deep in hibernation, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was busy making announcements that will significantly affect the trajectory of stormwater regulation around the country. In late March, EPA’s Office of Water released [...]

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Inaugural Water Week Highlights Collaboration to Focus National Attention on Clean Water Priorities

Since the passage of the Clean Water Act over forty years ago, clean water agencies have undergone a remarkable transformation, actively contributing to local economies, spurring job growth, advancing cutting edge technologies, and improving the environment and public health. Now, public water and wastewater utilities are stepping up to communicate these triple bottom line benefits [...]

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Clean Water Caucus Hosts Congressional Briefing to Spotlight Advancements in Clean Water Sector

Our guest blogger for this week is Congressman John Duncan (R-TN).  Representative Duncan currently serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. His efforts to cut government waste, reduce taxes, and limit bureaucratic red tape have been recognized by various organizations and national news media He [...]

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Utility of the Future: Facing Historic Drought, California Focuses on Water Reuse

In the face of California’s driest year in the state’s history, Governor Jerry Brown officially declared a State of Emergency in February. A $687 million drought relief bill signed by Gov. Brown on March 1, allocates funding and resources for the State Water Resources Control Board (State Board) to develop water reuse projects which would [...]

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For the Utility of the Future, Risk is Not a Four Letter Word

In the public utility industry risk can be a four letter word.  We often use this word to stifle creativity, denounce projects or worse yet create a culture where doing nothing more than the minimum is rewarded.  Above my desk is a list labelled the Seven Steps to Stagnation (it is used in a variety [...]

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Put Cover Crops to Work in Your Watershed

A couple of weeks ago, Patricia Sinicropi wrote an excellent blog on the new opportunities for water and agricultural interests to work together in the new Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) included in the 2014 Farm Bill. It is well known in water quality circles that investing in agricultural best management practices can be a [...]

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Budget Roundup: President’s Budget Request Again Slashes Water Infrastructure Funding

On Tuesday, the Obama Administration released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Budget request proposing deep cuts to water infrastructure investment programs.  Specifically, the Administration’s budget includes $581 million in cuts to the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) programs, requesting $1.018 billion and $757 million for each program respectively.  This is the [...]

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It’s Time to Walk the Talk!

By enacting the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) in the 2014 Farm Bill, Congress has extended an opportunity for the municipal wastewater community to prove what we’ve been saying for decades: if we want to see serious reductions of nutrient loadings in surface waters, it’s far more effective to invest in best management practices on [...]

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Milwaukee’s Energy Independence Program Exemplifies the Utility of the Future Initiative

The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) has been working toward energy independence since 2009.  The primary driver to this effort is the desire to stabilize and reduce the energy portion of our charges to our ratepayers.  Along with this, MMSD also wants to minimize our influence on climate change.
MMSD has established a goal of having [...]

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Coalition Building and Ikea – The Water Sector in the 21st Century?

Don’t laugh, it has taken me until almost 40 years old to have to assemble a piece of Ikea furniture.  For most of you, you are smirking and trying to remember where you put that tiny Allen Wrench you get free with every Ikea purchase.  As I was cursing my way through box five of [...]

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