Monthly Archives: October 2014

What a Difference a “Green” Year Makes

As we all know, a lot can happen in a year. 33 communities gathered this week in Cleveland for the second annual Green Infrastructure Summit. Green infrastructure (GI) has become such  a “regulator approved” approach to manage stormwater that it is hard to believe only one year ago, when a slightly smaller group of communities […]

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What Lies Beneath: Our Basement Has a Secret – And It’s Not Out of Sight or Out of Mind

As Halloween approaches, Americans tend to watch more horror movies than usual.  And what is one of the scariest places depicted in horror films?  The basement.  NACWA has been watching its very own horror story unfold right before our eyes in the bowels of its headquarters building.  
In 1999 at the turn of the 21st century, […]

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Sailing New Waters with Strangers

Recently, around our office, we have been discussing strangers.  Not the kind that you were taught about in grade school (remember those Stranger Danger posters?) – but people with different perspectives that we might learn from – and connect and collaborate with.  Collaboration has been a key tenet of NACWA for years, and reaching out […]

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Take Our Drugs Please! The Future of Rx Take Back Programs

We all know that pharmaceuticals are an essential component of our health care system.  They save lives and improve quality of life for many of us.  The number of prescriptions being written in the U.S. is rapidly increasing.  Not surprisingly, some of downsides to prescription medications are also rapidly increasing, including prescription drug abuse and […]

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Water Issues Elevated in the Sinking City

Each time I attend national water conferences and events I hear inspiring words from water leaders such as “water is life” and “clean water isn’t just a health priority, it’s an economic necessity” – Gina McCarthy, EPA Administrator, WEFTEC 2014. This week as I joined thousands of water professionals from across the country in New […]

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