The Springfield Story

Last week I testified in front of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment about the clean water affordability problems facing the City of Springfield, Missouri, and how integrated planning offers us a practical yet effective approach for addressing our water challenges in the most affordable way for our citizens. 
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Clean Water Affordability and the Need for Responsible Relief

Tomorrow the House Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment will hold an important hearing to look at the state of clean water affordability in this country and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new integrated planning approach for municipal wastewater and stormwater requirements.  
Since passage of the Clean Water Act (CWA) in 1971, this country’s water [...]

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New Report Highlights Billions of Dollars in Economic Value to Communities, Nation

NACWA released a new report this week titled, Today's Clean Water Utility – Delivering Value to the Ratepayer, Community, and Nation.  The report highlights the billions of dollars in savings and return on investment from innovative projects at the Nation's clean water agencies. This burgeoning innovation has come about as a result of a number [...]

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“Flushing Awesome” Public Education Campaigns

Last week’s What the Flush? post provided information on the Save Your Pipes Don’t Flush Baby Wipes public education pilot campaign in Maine.  Many other utilities around the country have launched their own public education campaigns to address not only baby wipes, but many other products that are often inappropriately flushed.   
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What the Flush?!

If you follow NACWA on Twitter, you may have seen the groundbreaking Save Your Pipes: Don’t Flush Baby Wipes public education pilot campaign implemented by the Maine Water Environment Association (MEWEA; formerly the Maine WasteWater Control Association) and the INDA, the trade association of the nonwoven fabrics industry (saveyourpipes.org).  This campaign developed after a bill [...]

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NACWA Finance Dialogue Opens Pipeline between Public and Private Sectors

NACWA hosted a vibrant Clean Water Finance Dialogue in New York City this week of approximately 40 representatives from private investment firms, public clean water agencies, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with a focus on how private capital can be invested in public clean water projects. The issue of privatization was not on [...]

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This Hurricane Season, Water Utilities’ Resilience is Critical

The U.S Global Change Research Program recently released its Third National Climate Assessment, confirming that climate change is “affecting every region of the country and key sectors of the U.S. economy and society.” Across the country, clean water agencies are increasingly facing daily challenges related to climate change and are focusing resources on improving infrastructure [...]

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You Wash Your Face With What???

Illinois has become the first state to ban the sale of products containing plastic microbeads, which are commonly found in personal care products such as facial scrubs, soaps, and toothpaste.  Plastic microbeads are an environmental problem because they pass through wastewater treatment plants and are discharged into receiving waters, where they attract toxins and can [...]

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RCPP Ushers In New Era of Collaborative Conservation

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) launched the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) last week which encourages partnerships between agricultural producers and municipal entities, such as water and wastewater utilities, to help farmers tackle various conservation and environmental issues on a regional scale.  Almost $400 million will be available in the first full year to [...]

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Bound Until Clean Water Act Compliance Do Us Part

What are the following figures associated with? 

Atlanta -  1998-2013: $1.5 billion; 2014-2027: ~$445 million 
Cincinnati -  2006-2022: ~$1.5 billion 
St. Louis – 2011-2034:  $4.7 billion

Major League Baseball stadium construction/renovation costs?  Nope. These are expenditures made or planned pursuant to wet weather consent decrees and the figures do not even include civil penalties, expenditures made prior to entry [...]

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