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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Federal Partnership Essential for Water Infrastructure

It is easy to take clean water for granted. Our communities enjoy the luxury of having 24/7 access to clean drinking water and reliable wastewater services.  Without these services, business comes to a screeching halt.  However, these gains are at risk due to aging infrastructure and more complex water quality challenges that are placing enormous […]

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There Are Heroes Among Us

Next week, over 150 pretreatment professionals from across the country will gather at NACWA’s National Pretreatment & Pollution Prevention Workshop in Greenville, South Carolina.  While these pretreatment professionals will look like average people, I like to imagine all of them wearing superhero capes, because I think that they are the unsung heroes that protect the […]

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Financing Makes the World Go Round

 
It used to be money but lately it seems that financing is what makes the world go ‘round, or at least for the water sector. And NACWA has been working increasingly with our members, the federal government and other organizations on financing.
NACWA’s Clean Water Finance Work Group met for the first time this month and […]

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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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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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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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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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