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Obama’s New Climate Plan: Engaging the Water Sector

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Yesterday, President Obama released a climate action plan (CAP), which includes proposals to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, better prepare the country for the impacts of climate change, and lead global efforts to address the challenge.  Climate change is increasingly becoming a central focus for many NACWA members who are either located in coastal regions that […]

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On Climate Change, Hurricanes, and the Need for Resiliency

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In October 2009, NACWA and the Association of the Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) released a report detailing the effects climate change will have on wastewater and drinking water utilities. The adaptation costs for these critical facilities were estimated at between $448 billion and $944 billion through 2050.  Hurricane Sandy reminded us all that climate change […]

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Extreme Weather, Growing Populations, Aging Systems: Can We Afford to Keep Under-Investing?

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For too long, our Nation has ignored the growing needs of our water infrastructure. We’ve chronically underinvested in upgrades, overhauls, and basic maintenance of these systems—some of which are hundreds of years old in our oldest cities. Yes, our oldest cities like New York City. It took an event like Hurricane Sandy, unfortunately, to expose […]

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