Monthly Archives: March 2014

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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