Author Archives: Amanda Waters

Words of Wisdom from a Law Seminar Fan

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I am in the unique position of having attended NACWA’s National Clean Water Law Seminar both as a member and now as NACWA staff. The Law Seminar really is a one-of-a-kind conference and was enormously valuable to me when I attended in my capacity as General Counsel for SD1. In fact, with just one exception, […]

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Don’t Gamble on Wet Weather Consent Decree Negotiations

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If you are one of the estimated 40 million Americans who fill out more than 70 million brackets and “legally” wager approximately $2 billion on the NCAA tournament, your bracket may have taken a hit from upsets such as No. 1 seed Villanova getting ousted by N.C. State and No. 2 Virginia falling to Michigan State […]

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Water Issues Elevated in the Sinking City

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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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Bound Until Clean Water Act Compliance Do Us Part

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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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Advocating for Our Future: Thoughts from NACWA’s Law Seminar

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Several themes dominated NACWA’s recently held 2013 National Clean Water Law Seminar: the Clean Water Act (CWA) is showing its age and is set in its ways but is here to stay for the foreseeable future and the forecast is Stormy with 100% Chance of More Regulation as one session was appropriately titled.  While the […]

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Cooperative Federalism: Courts Get it Right in Nutrient Litigation

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In September, two federal court rulings reinforced NACWA’s long-held positions on cooperative federalism and EPA’s proper role in the total maximum daily load (TMDL) and water quality standard development process. Taken together, these two decisions paint a clear path forward for EPA to regulate nutrients in a holistic watershed manner that appropriately addresses nonpoint source […]

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Round Two: Court Says SSI Rule Needs More Work

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The Aug. 20 decision by a Federal Appeals Court on U.S. EPA’s March 2011 Clean Air Act (CAA) Sewage Sludge Incinerator (SSI) Rule marked a partial legal victory and milestone in a multiyear regulatory and legal advocacy effort by NACWA to ensure environmentally appropriate regulation of SSIs on behalf of approximately one-third of the clean […]

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