Category Archives: Nutrients

U.S. Deserves Gold Medal in Water Quality

When the Summer Olympics kick off on August 5, the world’s attention will be focused for two weeks on the Games and on the host city, Rio de Janeiro.  But instead of the international spotlight shining solely on the athletes and on the fabulous Brazilian culture enveloping the competition, scrutiny will also be turned to […]

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From Conflict to Collaboration

Credit: Michael Hanson

By:  Staff, American Rivers
Editor’s note: NACWA is excited to welcome our first guest blog from the conservationist community. American Rivers has often been a strong partner of NACWA and our members, and this blog “cross-pollination” is an example of collaboration on a national level!
From Conflict to Collaboration
Topping American Rivers’ 2016 list of America’s […]

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Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District Advances One Water/Integrated Planning Approach to Address Phosphorus at Watershed Scale

Faced with increasingly stringent regulatory requirements and limited resources, utilities are less able to rely on strategies of the past. Forward-looking utilities are instead seeking innovative, holistic solutions to improve environmental outcomes at reduced cost. As a Utility of the Future, Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) is embracing a watershed-based approach as it advances a […]

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Des Moines Water Works Lawsuit Asks: Who Should Pay for Nutrient Pollution?

On March 16, 2015, Des Moines Water Works (“DMWW”) sued three drainage districts located in Sac County, Iowa (“the Districts”) seeking relief under the Clean Water Act (“CWA”), state environmental laws, and state common law, for discharging large amounts of nitrogen through drainage ditches into the Raccoon River. The Raccoon River is a key drinking […]

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Supreme Court Rejection of Farm Bureau Appeal = Significant Clean Water Victory for NACWA Members

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will not review the lower court’s decision in American Farm Bureau v. EPA. The Court’s rejection of the appeal essentially affirms the unanimous 2015 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, upholding EPA’s final total maximum daily load (TMDL) for the Chesapeake […]

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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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Ohio Places New Burdens on POTWs in Response to Toledo Water Crisis

New legislation became effective in Ohio last Friday, July 3, that attempts to respond to the toxic algal blooms that shut down water service to approximately 500,000 customers in Toledo last summer.  The application of fertilizer on frozen, snow covered, or saturated soil in the Western Basin of Lake Erie—where the majority of phosphorous spills […]

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Water Quality Concerns Tops the List for USDA RCPP Spending and NACWA Members are Key Partners

Today, the USDA announced 115 grant awards under the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), a new program established under the 2014 Farm Bill that relies on non-agricultural partners to help farmers implement conservation practices to address natural resources concerns, including water quality.   The program is a novelty as it is the first USDA conservation program […]

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