Category Archives: Nutrients

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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NACWA & National Milk Producers Join Forces to Improve Water Quality

Next Tuesday, NACWA and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote increased cooperation and communication between the two organizations in their efforts to make watershed-level water quality improvements.  This MOU will mark an important milestone in efforts to strengthen ties between urban and rural sectors on conservation […]

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With Crisis Comes Opportunity

The recent crisis in Toledo where toxic algae blooms led to the shut off of municipal water to almost half a million people serves as a painful reminder that we should not take clean water for granted, something we as a nation are too often prone to do.  
The culprit in the Toledo case – toxic […]

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RCPP Ushers In New Era of Collaborative Conservation

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) launched the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) last week which encourages partnerships between agricultural producers and municipal entities, such as water and wastewater utilities, to help farmers tackle various conservation and environmental issues on a regional scale.  Almost $400 million will be available in the first full year to […]

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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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It’s Time to Walk the Talk!

By enacting the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) in the 2014 Farm Bill, Congress has extended an opportunity for the municipal wastewater community to prove what we’ve been saying for decades: if we want to see serious reductions of nutrient loadings in surface waters, it’s far more effective to invest in best management practices on […]

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The Farm Bill and the Fight to Reduce Nutrient Run-Off

Nutrient runoff is the greatest water quality challenge facing the United States today.  According to State water quality reports, 80,000 miles of rivers and streams, 2.5 million acres of lakes, reservoirs and ponds, 78% of the assessed continental U.S. coastal areas and more than 30% of estuaries are impaired due to excessive levels of nitrogen […]

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Cooperative Federalism: Courts Get it Right in Nutrient Litigation

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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Mississippi River Litigation Highlights Complexities of Nutrients

A few weeks ago, NACWA and a number of other groups filed legal briefs in an ongoing federal court case over regulation of nutrients in the Mississippi River Basin (MRB).  At its heart, the case is about whether the federal government or individual states should take the lead in developing nutrient water quality criteria, and […]

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2012 Ended in Victory—Looking forward to a Terrific 2013

As the New Year begins, we’re excited to have ended 2012 on a high note with two key victories for NACWA and our public agency members. At the end of December, NACWA learned that the U.S Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) denied the Natural Resources Defense Council’s (NRDC) petition seeking to have the Agency expand the definition […]

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