Monthly Archives: February 2014

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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Protecting Biosolids Recycling: Update on Local Bans and Tort Lawsuits

Biosolids recycling and beneficial use enjoyed significant success on the legal front in recent years.  Efforts by local governments to ban land application of biosolids largely have been kept at bay. In February 2013, the California Court of Appeal dealt a likely fatal blow to Kern County’s effort to ban land application of biosolids when […]

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