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Building Resiliency in St. Louis

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Today, NACWA in conjunction with the Congressional Clean Water Caucus hosted a briefing entitled Building Water Resiliency—From Wet Weather to Drought that highlighted community resiliency efforts being led by the municipal clean water sector.  Participating in the briefing were representatives from several utilities, including my agency — the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD).
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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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Looking Back – And Ahead

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Last night, President Obama delivered his final State of the Union address, presenting his vision for the future of the country.  One thing notably missing from his discussion was any mention of increased investment in the nation’s infrastructure, especially water infrastructure.  This serves as a stark reminder of the need for the municipal clean water […]

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International Knowledge-Sharing for Stormwater Resiliency

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The New York City Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) serves over 9 million New Yorkers, provides clean drinking water to City residents and several New York State counties, and stormwater management and wastewater treatment for the City. With the massive amount of people depending on these critical services, we have been proactively studying climate change […]

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Something’s Happening Here…

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When they were plain, old wastewater treatment plants, just about everyone would have described them as “conservative,” “low-profile,” or maybe even “boring.” Today’s clean water utilities are anything but.
In 2013, NACWA, WEF, and WERF took a look at this remarkable transformation and coined the term, Utility of the Future, or more simply, UOTF, to describe […]

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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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Join NACWA at the American Water Summit

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There has never been a more important time for the public sector to share its story of success and be engaged in the dialogue on the role the private sector can play to supplement existing, municipally-led efforts.  Early this year, White House officials announced the creation of the Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center, which […]

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Ahhh Summer

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Aaah, summer – that long anticipated stretch of lazy, lingering days, free of responsibility and rife with possibility. – Darell Hammond
What happened to summer?  It used to be that summer would be quiet, Congress would be home in their districts, and if they were in DC not much would be going on.  Drive-time traffic would […]

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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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