Category Archives: Green Infrastructure

Water Utilities Recognized for Sustainable, Future-Focused Innovations

Twenty-five water utilities have been selected for recognition of their leadership in community engagement, watershed stewardship, and recovery of resources such as water, energy, and nutrients. Utility of the Future Today recognition celebrates the achievements of forward-thinking, innovative water utilities that are providing resilient value-added service to communities.
The Utility of the Future framework provides a […]

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National Environmental Achievement Award Winners Demonstrate Public Service Excellence in Clean Water

Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe was on hand to commend the awardees of the 2017 NACWA National Environmental Achievement Awards for State Public Service.  NACWA is proud to honor the recipients for their public service and continued work to protect and preserve the nation’s most vital natural resource:
NACWA is proud to recognize the Hon. Molly J. […]

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Show Your Support for Water Week 2017

There are many ways to demonstrate your clear commitment to America’s waters during Water Week 2017 (March 19 – 25).  Plan now to join your colleagues from across the country in Washington, DC for the National Water Policy Fly-In, the anchor event of Water Week (see related article). You can also lend your utility name […]

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Building 21st Century Infrastructure for 21st Century Cities

The creation of modern water and wastewater systems was one of the most significant public health achievements of the 20th century. Drinking water treatment and systems brought safe, reliable drinking water to homes and businesses. Clean water systems eliminated deadly diseases such as cholera and typhoid and helped extend life expectancy in the U.S. by […]

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Could It Be? Stars Aligning for Potential Major CWA Improvements

Last week, I had the privilege of giving a federal policy update at the Texas Water conference in Ft. Worth.  As part of my presentation, I asked audience members to shout out the first word that came to mind when they thought about Washington, DC and Congress.  “Dysfunction,” “broken,” and “polarized” were among the favorites […]

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Looking Back – And Ahead

Last night, President Obama delivered his final State of the Union address, presenting his vision for the future of the country.  One thing notably missing from his discussion was any mention of increased investment in the nation’s infrastructure, especially water infrastructure.  This serves as a stark reminder of the need for the municipal clean water […]

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Partnerships for Clean Water: The Norm or the Exception?

This year the City of Cedar Rapids and 15 partner organizations launched a $4.3 million project focused on improving soil health, water quality and water quantity in Iowa’s Middle Cedar watershed, a 2,417 square mile watershed which is part of the larger Cedar River watershed.  The Middle Cedar Partnership Project, made possible thanks to funding […]

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Snapshot of Our Members: NACWA by the Numbers

I love annual reports.  Partially because I really am inspired by the graphics, and partially because it is fodder for the future.  Last week, we released our 2014-2015 Year at a Glance – NACWA by the Numbers . . . Impact through Advocacy, Return on Investment & A Healthy Environment.  And we couldn’t be more pleased with this […]

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Toledo…One Year Later

This time last year the country was talking all about Toledo, and not in a good way.  The city was forced to shut off municipal water to the almost half a million people it serves due to the presence of toxins resulting from a harmful algal bloom.  While Toledo was an extreme case and other […]

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Climate Resiliency: Local Perspectives, Global Ideas, and the Upcoming International Water & Climate Forum

As cities seek to redesign the way they manage water in response to changing climate conditions, it has become clear that a “one water” approach that unites drinking water, wastewater treatment, recycled water, and stormwater management efforts is the most beneficial to addressing many resiliency challenges while providing a wide range of community benefits.
LA Sanitation, […]

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