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Sailing New Waters with Strangers

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Recently, around our office, we have been discussing strangers.  Not the kind that you were taught about in grade school (remember those Stranger Danger posters?) – but people with different perspectives that we might learn from – and connect and collaborate with.  Collaboration has been a key tenet of NACWA for years, and reaching out […]

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Water Issues Elevated in the Sinking City

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Each time I attend national water conferences and events I hear inspiring words from water leaders such as “water is life” and “clean water isn’t just a health priority, it’s an economic necessity” – Gina McCarthy, EPA Administrator, WEFTEC 2014. This week as I joined thousands of water professionals from across the country in New […]

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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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Texas’ Unlikely GHG Story

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Texas recently found itself in a very unlikely regulatory position. Historically the Lone Star State is typically positioned on the side of light environmental regulation. In a convoluted story of unintended consequences, Texas’ original stance against subjecting and regulating greenhouse gasses (GHGs) under the Prevention of Significant Deterioration (PSD) and Title V Program, resulted in […]

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Clean Water Affordability and the Need for Responsible Relief

Tomorrow the House Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment will hold an important hearing to look at the state of clean water affordability in this country and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new integrated planning approach for municipal wastewater and stormwater requirements.  
Since passage of the Clean Water Act (CWA) in 1971, this country’s water […]

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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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Bound Until Clean Water Act Compliance Do Us Part

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What are the following figures associated with? 

Atlanta –  1998-2013: $1.5 billion; 2014-2027: ~$445 million 
Cincinnati –  2006-2022: ~$1.5 billion 
St. Louis – 2011-2034:  $4.7 billion

Major League Baseball stadium construction/renovation costs?  Nope. These are expenditures made or planned pursuant to wet weather consent decrees and the figures do not even include civil penalties, expenditures made prior to entry […]

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Moving Toward Sustainability: It’s a Trek, not a Sprint!

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It’s no secret that water and wastewater utilities across the country are dealing with an unprecedented set of challenges including aging infrastructure, increasingly stringent regulatory requirements, and competing priorities within the communities they serve. The list goes on and on.  At the same time, more and more utilities are assuming leadership roles related to community […]

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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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Advocating for Our Future: Thoughts from NACWA’s Law Seminar

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Several themes dominated NACWA’s recently held 2013 National Clean Water Law Seminar: the Clean Water Act (CWA) is showing its age and is set in its ways but is here to stay for the foreseeable future and the forecast is Stormy with 100% Chance of More Regulation as one session was appropriately titled.  While the […]

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