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Happy World Toilet Day!

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Today is World Toilet Day! While it may sound like a humorous occasion, it’s actually serious – deadly serious.  It’s a day to recognize that not everyone has access to toilets or good sanitation, which leads to 1,000 children dying each day from diarrheal diseases related to poor sanitation.  
We usually take our toilets for […]

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What a Difference a “Green” Year Makes

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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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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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Moving Beyond Gray vs. Green to Embrace “Sustainable Infrastructure”

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A bioretention pond slowly releases stormwater runoff into an enlarged storm sewer.  An overflow drain system collects sheet flow from a bioswale to manage storms larger than the design event.  These are both examples of how green infrastructure utilizes and integrates traditional “gray” components, like conduits and drains, to function properly and efficiently.  On a […]

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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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Utility of The Future at Work: San Antonio Water System

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Gregg Eckhardt is guest blogger to The Water Voice and a Senior Resource Analyst for San Antonio Water System.
Today, attendees at NACWA’s National Clean Water Law Seminar in San Antonio, Texas glimpsed the utility of the future in a luncheon address by Steve Clouse, Senior Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of the San Antonio Water […]

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The Case for Green and the Need for Strong NGO Collaboration

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Green infrastructure (GI) is entering a “make it or break it” phase; certain communities, with support from federal and state agencies, are now willing to invest broadly in GI, such as vegetated bioswales or green roofs, as a way to manage urban stormwater. These forward-thinking communities, many of whom see the challenge of wet weather […]

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New Year, New Stormwater Rule?

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Recently, NACWA submitted a letter to EPA outlining the Association’s thinking on key issues related to the post-construction stormwater rule under development. The submittal of the letter is timely, as EPA is preparing to move into the final phases of rule development. Under the Agency’s current plan, a draft of the rule is expected for […]

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Workshops on Integrated Planning … Coming Soon to a Region Near You

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Although EPA’s recently released Integrated Planning Framework promises additional flexibility for clean water agencies, ensuring that the framework is put to use remains a challenge. Many utilities remain skeptical that the framework can help their agency or are hesitant to draw the attention of regulators. Questions remain over how the framework can be used, the […]

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Virtues of Green Infrastructure Voiced at Urban Water Sustainability Leadership Conference

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Last week, the U.S. Water Alliance held their third annual Urban Water Sustainability Leadership Conference in Cincinnati, Ohio. A wide cross-section of individuals attended including utility leaders, city planners, engineers, and environmental representatives, all of whom spoke about the value of using green stormwater infrastructure and how communities across the country — including Denver, Kansas City, […]

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