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Partnerships for Clean Water: The Norm or the Exception?

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This year the City of Cedar Rapids and 15 partner organizations launched a $4.3 million project focused on improving soil health, water quality and water quantity in Iowa’s Middle Cedar watershed, a 2,417 square mile watershed which is part of the larger Cedar River watershed.  The Middle Cedar Partnership Project, made possible thanks to funding […]

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If a picture is worth 1,000 words – then an App is Even Better!

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Over the course of the year, our staff has been sharing favorite graphics, games and more for use on your tablet, laptop or mobile device.  Below are the sites and apps that we found to be useful, entertaining, innovative or just plain addictive — and in some cases, all of the above.
Infographics: We love these informative […]

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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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End of Summer Reading Lists

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I’m sad to say the end of summer is near.  It’s Back to School time and Labor Day is right around the corner.  What better to beat that End-of-Summer Sadness than a roundup of some of the best blogs in biz!
Blogs have become a standard in external communications for the Water Sector.  Blogs can help […]

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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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The Plastic Microbead Loophole

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Wisconsin recently joined the growing number of states that have passed bans on plastic microbeads in personal care products (PCPs).  Unfortunately, the Wisconsin law, along with other proposed state laws, contains a major loophole that benefits the plastics and cosmetics industries at the expense of the environment and human health. 
The movement to ban microbeads in […]

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Is Beer the Next Frontier for Clean Water Utilities?

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There is a ‘yuck’ factor associated with what has traditionally been called Toilet to Tap initiatives in the arena of water reuse; but this may be changing.  With the summer upon us, and for some parts of the country, historic drought, comes renewed national attention on the issue of potable water reuse.  Two NACWA Member […]

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On April Fools – The Wipes Issue is No Joke

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The media can’t seem to get enough of wipes stories, which is a good thing for utilities since every news story draws attention to the problem and helps to educate people not to flush wipes.  Several major stories appeared about the wipes problem in the month of March.  The New York Times published an article […]

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EPA’s Dental Amalgam Separator Rule: It’s Not Filling a Hole

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Keeping mercury out of the environment is definitely a good thing, since it is a persistent, bioaccumulative, and toxic pollutant.  Clean water agencies have long worked to reduce their mercury discharges into the environment, and a variety of pollution prevention measures have resulted in the reduction of mercury discharges from wastewater treatment facilities.
Last year, EPA […]

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Water Quality Trading: A Case for Collaborative Watershed Management

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Addressing complex water quality issues in agricultural areas is no simple task and water quality strategies that integrate both urban and agricultural needs are often elusive and lack the resources needed to truly transform watershed health on a large scale. In addition, many strategies lack community buy-in and the stewardship resources needed to ensure the […]

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