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NACWA Members Gather in Sunny San Diego to Forecast the Future of Clean Water Innovation

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The weather couldn’t be beat in San Diego this week as we joined our clean water colleagues for the 2016 Winter Conference, Back to the Basics . . . Will Compliance Concerns Derail Efforts to Innovate?
NACWA brought together thought leaders, technology solution providers, and utility representatives to discuss how and whether the Clean Water Act […]

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Big Data Environmentalism

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“In God we trust. All others must bring data.”
That’s what American Statistician William Edwards Deming said more than 50 ago. He must have known what was coming.
Today, humans create 2.5 quintillion new bytes of data every single day. If each byte were a penny, that’s enough pennies to completely cover the surface of the Earth […]

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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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Bipartisan Clean Water Caucus to Advance Utility of the Future Priorities

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A Congressional Clean Water Caucus was officially established in the 113th Congress in November by Representatives John Duncan (R-TN) and Timothy Bishop (D-NY).  Rep. Duncan is a former chair of the House Water Resources & Environment Subcommittee and Rep. Bishop is the Subcommittee’s current Ranking Member.
As called for in the NACWA/Water Environment Federation/Water Environment Research […]

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Round Two: Court Says SSI Rule Needs More Work

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The Aug. 20 decision by a Federal Appeals Court on U.S. EPA’s March 2011 Clean Air Act (CAA) Sewage Sludge Incinerator (SSI) Rule marked a partial legal victory and milestone in a multiyear regulatory and legal advocacy effort by NACWA to ensure environmentally appropriate regulation of SSIs on behalf of approximately one-third of the clean […]

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Nutrient Limbo … How Low Can You Go?

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“The number is going to be low regardless, so let’s make our best guess and deal with it through implementation.” While most clean water agencies have probably never heard their permit writer utter these exact words, this is the mindset of many regulators. When it comes to dealing with the effects of nutrients, regulators seem to believe that arguing over the exact number, when it is likely to be beyond the limits of technology, is pointless. State water quality criteria managers and permit writers, facing pressure to make progress on nutrients, are struggling to find ways to move forward that are reasonable and scientifically supportable, leading to sometimes contentious battles over what the right number is. [ … ]

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