Tag Archives: U.S. EPA

How Do We Measure the Importance of Water?

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Yesterday, EPA released The Importance of Water to the U.S. Economy, a report emphasizing the critical role water plays in all aspects of economic activity. The report highlights current research on the importance of water, and identifies several areas for future study. Nancy Stoner, Acting Assistant Administrator for EPA’s Office of Water, summarized the report’s […]

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The Farm Bill and the Fight to Reduce Nutrient Run-Off

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Nutrient runoff is the greatest water quality challenge facing the United States today.  According to State water quality reports, 80,000 miles of rivers and streams, 2.5 million acres of lakes, reservoirs and ponds, 78% of the assessed continental U.S. coastal areas and more than 30% of estuaries are impaired due to excessive levels of nitrogen […]

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Cooperative Federalism: Courts Get it Right in Nutrient Litigation

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In September, two federal court rulings reinforced NACWA’s long-held positions on cooperative federalism and EPA’s proper role in the total maximum daily load (TMDL) and water quality standard development process. Taken together, these two decisions paint a clear path forward for EPA to regulate nutrients in a holistic watershed manner that appropriately addresses nonpoint source […]

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EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy Has it Right – Climate Change Is Really about Water

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Last week, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy delivered an address at The National Press Club to provide an update on the Obama Administration’s Climate Action Plan.  McCarthy’s remarks demonstrated that NACWA’s message is being heard – climate change is fundamentally about water. She noted that:
“Climate Change is really about water – it's about clean, reliable sources […]

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Collaborating to Meet the Challenges Ahead

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Last week, EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy posted seven “themes” to guide the Agency’s priorities during her tenure as Administrator. NACWA welcomes Administrator McCarthy’s commitment to partner with local governments and we are eager to work with the Agency to advance a number of the themes relevant to the clean water community, including the following priorities […]

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These are a Few of Our Favorite {Virtual} Things

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Maria von Trapp wasn’t the only one to have a list – ours are just more virtual!  We’ve spent the better part of the summer coming up with our favorite places accessible from your computer or mobile device, and we’re sure that you’re already aware that Google, Amazon, Facebook and Twitter are worth checking out.  […]

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Wipe Out! Keeping Wipes Out of Pipes

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Earlier this year, we reported that new Costco wipe packaging using the “Do Not Flush” logo had been sighted.  This updated packaging is now more widely available in stores, and it is a great example of effective labeling that can help educate consumers on how to properly dispose of these products.
Here is what the 4-cm […]

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Litigation Over Chesapeake Bay TMDL is All About Sharing the Burden

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Yesterday, a federal district court in Pennsylvania heard oral arguments in a litigation challenge to EPA’s total maximum daily load (TMDL) for the Chesapeake Bay.  In five hours of intense and complex argument, agricultural interests, EPA, environmental activists groups, and municipal utility groups including NACWA presented their perspectives on the legal and policy issues underlying […]

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White House Conference to Shine Spotlight on Green Infrastructure and Stormwater Management

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Next week, the White House Council on Environmental Quality (CEQ) and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) will hold a joint conference to examine the growing role of green infrastructure in managing urban stormwater runoff. The invitation-only event will draw key stakeholders from the utility, engineering, educational, environmental, and government communities to examine ways to more widely implement green infrastructure practices. [ … ]

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