Monthly Archives: September 2012

Public Clean Water Agencies Have Strong Interest in Green Infrastructure

The September 20 Green Infrastructure conference hosted by the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and EPA exemplified how the issue of green infrastructure has come a long, long way. The conference brought together approximately 80 leaders from an array of disciplines — utility leaders, engineers, environmental/conservation activists, and federal officials from an array of agencies, to find common ground on both the opportunities and challenges facing broader use of green infrastructure.

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Investment in Water, Wastewater Infrastructure Equals Jobs, Savings

Study after study has shown that investment in water and wastewater infrastructure supports the economy and leads to creation of jobs. The United States, in fact, has a long history of investment in infrastructure—roads, bridges, railroads, etc.—in an effort to buoy the economy and create both temporary and permanent jobs that employ thousands of people.

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Can Water Programs Survive $225 Million in Cuts?

The Nation’s water-related programs are facing significant setbacks if automatic funding cuts of more than $225 million occur as scheduled on January 2013 (see chart). According to a report the Obama Administration released last week, the cuts will affect all federal agencies and programs, including the Environmental Protection Agency, which will see a $719 million reduction below fiscal year 2012 (FY12) spending levels.

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A Day at the Beach

Although beach season is officially over for most of the country, the debate over water quality along the Nation’s coastlines continues. Since 1986, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has recommended the same level of water quality to protect swimmers from bacteria that may be present in the water. [ … ]

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White House Conference to Shine Spotlight on Green Infrastructure and Stormwater Management

Next week, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold a joint conference to examine the growing role of green infrastructure in managing urban stormwater runoff. The invitation-only event will draw key stakeholders from the utility, engineering, educational, environmental, and government communities to examine ways to more widely implement green infrastructure practices. [ … ]

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Democratic and Republican Platforms Show that Clean Water is a Bipartisan Issue

In the wake of the National Conventions, business has returned to normal in Charlotte, N.C., and Tampa, Fla., and the Nation’s attention has shifted back to the hot-button political ads, post-convention polling numbers, and inspirational videos that have become intrinsic to the Presidential race. NACWA, however, decided to dig deeper into the national platform that each party rolled out during the conventions. These platforms provide an aerial view of each parties’ values, vision for the country, and positions on various national issues. [ … ]

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We Need to Take Advantage of the Campaign Season to Tell the Story of Clean Water in Our Communities

At the end of September, members of Congress will return to their districts to reconnect with folks back home to understand with how policymaking in Washington, D.C., is affecting the people in their home districts and vice versa. While constituents are meeting with their representatives, wastewater utilities should also take the opportunity to also visit with them and to remind them of the critical role they play in maintaining public health, clean environments, vibrant local economies, and high quality of life for their communities. [ … ]

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Web Seminar Series to Help Clean Water Utilities Use Social Media (Video)

Join your clean water colleagues for six web seminars on the biggest social media sites, including Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn. Here’s a sneak peak provided by one of our presenters, David Nour, social enterprise strategist and thought leader on the value of business relationships. [ … ]

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