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The Nation’s Capital Shows Leadership on Integrated Planning, Green Infrastructure & Jobs

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At an event in Washington, DC today, DC Water announced its new agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to modify its long term control plan for green infrastructure to meet obligations under its wet weather consent decree. In addition to the multiple benefits that green infrastructure – […]

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We Are the Masters of Our Own Fate

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The political landscape here in DC is increasingly contentious and it is harder than ever to get the attention of our national leaders. For example, when it comes to water we are told that Congress focuses so much effort on the Waters of the US rule because the stakeholders opposing the rule are a far […]

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What Gifts Will EPA Leave Us Under The Clean Water Tree?

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As everyone gets ready to celebrate the holidays, it is always worthwhile to think about the past year and to look ahead to what may be in store for the clean water community. NACWA is proud that we have played a key role through active collaborations in advancing the implementation of EPA’s 2012 Integrated Planning […]

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NACWA & National Milk Producers Join Forces to Improve Water Quality

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Next Tuesday, NACWA and the National Milk Producers Federation (NMPF) will sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to promote increased cooperation and communication between the two organizations in their efforts to make watershed-level water quality improvements.  This MOU will mark an important milestone in efforts to strengthen ties between urban and rural sectors on conservation […]

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The Springfield Story

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Last week I testified in front of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment about the clean water affordability problems facing the City of Springfield, Missouri, and how integrated planning offers us a practical yet effective approach for addressing our water challenges in the most affordable way for our citizens. 
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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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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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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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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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