Tag Archives: Sustainability

Could It Be? Stars Aligning for Potential Major CWA Improvements

Last week, I had the privilege of giving a federal policy update at the Texas Water conference in Ft. Worth.  As part of my presentation, I asked audience members to shout out the first word that came to mind when they thought about Washington, DC and Congress.  “Dysfunction,” “broken,” and “polarized” were among the favorites […]

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White House Water Summit Highlights Need for Innovation & Investment

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On March 22 – World Water Day – the White House hosted an important Water Summit focused on building a sustainable water future for the United States.  Themes of innovation, resiliency, and sustainability played an important role in the day’s events, but there was also significant attention on the water infrastructure challenges facing communities around […]

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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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Climate Resiliency: Local Perspectives, Global Ideas, and the Upcoming International Water & Climate Forum

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As cities seek to redesign the way they manage water in response to changing climate conditions, it has become clear that a “one water” approach that unites drinking water, wastewater treatment, recycled water, and stormwater management efforts is the most beneficial to addressing many resiliency challenges while providing a wide range of community benefits.
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Let Water Spring to Life in March

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After a long and brutal winter (yes, I’m talking about you Boston!), this is the time of year that most of us begin embracing spring.  With weather on the east coast getting up into the 60’s and 70’s, the mountains of snow in our cities are melting away.  March also brings us World Water Day, […]

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Because Water Works!

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Today, water leaders from across the sector were in Washington, DC for a series of events co-hosted by members of The Value of Water Coalition along with the American Society of Civil Engineers; the Bipartisan Policy Center; Building America’s Future; the National Association of Counties; the National League of Cities; the National Urban League; and, […]

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This Hurricane Season, Water Utilities’ Resilience is Critical

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The U.S Global Change Research Program recently released its Third National Climate Assessment, confirming that climate change is “affecting every region of the country and key sectors of the U.S. economy and society.” Across the country, clean water agencies are increasingly facing daily challenges related to climate change and are focusing resources on improving infrastructure […]

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Moving Toward Sustainability: It’s a Trek, not a Sprint!

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It’s no secret that water and wastewater utilities across the country are dealing with an unprecedented set of challenges including aging infrastructure, increasingly stringent regulatory requirements, and competing priorities within the communities they serve. The list goes on and on.  At the same time, more and more utilities are assuming leadership roles related to community […]

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Milwaukee’s Energy Independence Program Exemplifies the Utility of the Future Initiative

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The Milwaukee Metropolitan Sewerage District (MMSD) has been working toward energy independence since 2009.  The primary driver to this effort is the desire to stabilize and reduce the energy portion of our charges to our ratepayers.  Along with this, MMSD also wants to minimize our influence on climate change.
MMSD has established a goal of having […]

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Money Matters: Bipartisan Legislation Highlights Affordability Challenges

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Last week, Representatives Bob Latta (R-OH) and Tim Walz (D-MN) introduced H.R. 3862, The Clean Water Affordability Act, to help clean water agencies advance clean water projects while minimizing the financial impacts on ratepayers and municipal budgets.  Specifically, NACWA worked with Representatives Latta and Walz on provisions in the bill that would codify the EPA’s […]

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