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We Were Collaborating Before Collaborating Was Cool

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I don’t know about you, but I always feel a little bit of remorse about not reading more business books.  As I wander through the airport – the books call to me like a lost child and make me feel guilty about hunkering down over People Magazine on my flight, at least for the duration […]

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Give and Take: California’s Ongoing Effort to Reduce Costs of Compliance

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As any general manager will tell you, the costs of compliance for wastewater agencies can be one of the most significant drivers for local budgets. Monitoring, reporting, special studies, permit fees, lab tests, and increasingly stringent permit limits: these are just some of the escalating requirements agencies contend with. Some are core components of the […]

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Because Water Works!

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Today, water leaders from across the sector were in Washington, DC for a series of events co-hosted by members of The Value of Water Coalition along with the American Society of Civil Engineers; the Bipartisan Policy Center; Building America’s Future; the National Association of Counties; the National League of Cities; the National Urban League; and, […]

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New Report Highlights Billions of Dollars in Economic Value to Communities, Nation

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NACWA released a new report this week titled, Today's Clean Water Utility – Delivering Value to the Ratepayer, Community, and Nation.  The report highlights the billions of dollars in savings and return on investment from innovative projects at the Nation's clean water agencies. This burgeoning innovation has come about as a result of a number […]

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NACWA Finance Dialogue Opens Pipeline between Public and Private Sectors

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NACWA hosted a vibrant Clean Water Finance Dialogue in New York City this week of approximately 40 representatives from private investment firms, public clean water agencies, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with a focus on how private capital can be invested in public clean water projects. The issue of privatization was not on […]

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Clean Water Caucus Hosts Congressional Briefing to Spotlight Advancements in Clean Water Sector

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Our guest blogger for this week is Congressman John Duncan (R-TN).  Representative Duncan currently serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. His efforts to cut government waste, reduce taxes, and limit bureaucratic red tape have been recognized by various organizations and national news media He […]

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Utility of the Future: Facing Historic Drought, California Focuses on Water Reuse

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In the face of California’s driest year in the state’s history, Governor Jerry Brown officially declared a State of Emergency in February. A $687 million drought relief bill signed by Gov. Brown on March 1, allocates funding and resources for the State Water Resources Control Board (State Board) to develop water reuse projects which would […]

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Budget Roundup: President’s Budget Request Again Slashes Water Infrastructure Funding

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On Tuesday, the Obama Administration released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Budget request proposing deep cuts to water infrastructure investment programs.  Specifically, the Administration’s budget includes $581 million in cuts to the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) programs, requesting $1.018 billion and $757 million for each program respectively.  This is the […]

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Milwaukee’s Energy Independence Program Exemplifies the Utility of the Future Initiative

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The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) has been working toward energy independence since 2009.  The primary driver to this effort is the desire to stabilize and reduce the energy portion of our charges to our ratepayers.  Along with this, MMSD also wants to minimize our influence on climate change.
MMSD has established a goal of having […]

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As Obama State of the Union Highlights Climate Commitment, NACWA Ramps Up Efforts on Utility Resiliency

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In his fifth State of the Union address last night, President Obama reaffirmed an ongoing commitment to pursue administrative action on climate change issues. The President emphasized the need to act with urgency, noting that communities across the country are already facing the impacts of climate change through droughts, floods and other extreme weather events.
Although […]

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