Category Archives: Stormwater

NACWA, SWAN Advance Smart Water Systems

Join global water leaders at the 7th Annual Smart Water Networks (SWAN) Conference, taking place May 9-10, 2017 at the Tower Hotel in London. The event will focus on creating smart, resilient water and wastewater systems, encompassing four key pillars: 1. Safe water quality; 2. Reliable service; 3. Secure systems; and 4. Efficient operations.
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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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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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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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Key Clean Water Victories & Defeat of Great Lakes CSO Language

Overnight, Congressional negotiators reached final agreement on an omnibus FY 2016 federal spending package, and have encouraged its swift passage by both the House and the Senate. The bill includes a number of important priorities for the municipal clean water community, including robust funding levels for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) and a […]

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International Knowledge-Sharing for Stormwater Resiliency

The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) serves over 9 million New Yorkers, provides clean drinking water to City residents and several New York State counties, and stormwater management and wastewater treatment for the City. With the massive amount of people depending on these critical services, we have been proactively studying climate change […]

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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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Water, Water Everywhere but . . .

Never has the line from the English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge been more poignant than on the West Coast this year.  We know that water is essential, and that’s why NACWA and my utility are part of a nationwide educational effort called “Imagine a Day Without Water.”  Dozens of other clean water utilities, mayors, engineers, […]

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Words of Wisdom from a Law Seminar Fan

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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