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Looking Back – And Ahead

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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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No More Microbeads

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On December 28, President Obama signed the Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015, marking a major victory for clean water and NACWA. The law bans the manufacture of rinse-off cosmetic products containing plastic microbeads after July 1, 2017, and prohibits the sale of these products after July 1, 2018.
NACWA strongly supported the legislation banning microbeads as part […]

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Key Clean Water Victories & Defeat of Great Lakes CSO Language

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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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What Could COP-21 Mean for Wastewater Utilities?

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The world is waiting to see what new global agreement on climate change materializes as the United Nations’ COP 21 – the 21st session of the Conference of the Parties – nears its conclusion this week. The COP 21 talks have again made climate change the subject of many global headlines. But what does the […]

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International Knowledge-Sharing for Stormwater Resiliency

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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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The FTC Flunks “Flushable” Wipes

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The Federal Trade Commission (FTC) announced on Monday that it finalized a consent order with Nice-Pak Products, Inc. requiring it to stop advertising its wipes as “flushable” unless it can substantiate the claim.  This consent order is the first action by a government agencies to deal with the flushability issue, and it is a huge […]

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Water, Water Everywhere but . . .

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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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Snapshot of Our Members: NACWA by the Numbers

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I love annual reports.  Partially because I really am inspired by the graphics, and partially because it is fodder for the future.  Last week, we released our 2014-2015 Year at a Glance – NACWA by the Numbers . . . Impact through Advocacy, Return on Investment & A Healthy Environment.  And we couldn’t be more pleased with this […]

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Something’s Happening Here…

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When they were plain, old wastewater treatment plants, just about everyone would have described them as “conservative,” “low-profile,” or maybe even “boring.” Today’s clean water utilities are anything but.
In 2013, NACWA, WEF, and WERF took a look at this remarkable transformation and coined the term, Utility of the Future, or more simply, UOTF, to describe […]

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Being a Utility of the Future is Being the Change We Wish to See

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I’ve been very glad to see so much attention focused lately on the Utility of the Future (UOTF).  In my view, the key to being a UOTF is the notion that clean water utilities should no longer see permit compliance as the ceiling of their aspirations but, instead, as the floor.  Clean water utilities have […]

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