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Unmanned Aerial Systems and the Utility of the Future

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UAS and the UOTF

Unmanned Aerial Systems (also called UAS or drones) are now inexpensive to acquire and cost-effective and easy to operate. UAS are already in use in many industries in the United States including energy, emergency response, and the motion picture industry. UAS technology has been used worldwide since about 2013 to conduct inspections of […]

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The Cost of Clean Water

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How much should clean water cost?  Should I have to pay more for my water and sewer bill than I do for cable TV?  What is the true value of having clean and safe rivers, lakes and estuaries?  These are important questions that garner significant and ongoing discussion, but one thing is clear: the cost […]

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The Nation’s Capital Shows Leadership on Integrated Planning, Green Infrastructure & Jobs

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At an event in Washington, DC today, DC Water announced its new agreement with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to modify its long term control plan for green infrastructure to meet obligations under its wet weather consent decree. In addition to the multiple benefits that green infrastructure – […]

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Federal Partnership Essential for Water Infrastructure

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It is easy to take clean water for granted. Our communities enjoy the luxury of having 24/7 access to clean drinking water and reliable wastewater services.  Without these services, business comes to a screeching halt.  However, these gains are at risk due to aging infrastructure and more complex water quality challenges that are placing enormous […]

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Financing Makes the World Go Round

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It used to be money but lately it seems that financing is what makes the world go ‘round, or at least for the water sector. And NACWA has been working increasingly with our members, the federal government and other organizations on financing.
NACWA’s Clean Water Finance Work Group met for the first time this month and […]

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The Utility of the Future at Work: Biomethane as New Sources of Energy & Income

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Clean water agencies seek more sustainable energy management and options for management of residuals produced in the process of cleaning dirty water.  The American Biogas Council (ABC) reports that “[t]he U.S. has over 2,000 sites producing biogas: 239 anaerobic digesters on farms, 1,241 wastewater treatment plants using an anaerobic digester . . . and 636 […]

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We Were Collaborating Before Collaborating Was Cool

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I don’t know about you, but I always feel a little bit of remorse about not reading more business books.  As I wander through the airport – the books call to me like a lost child and make me feel guilty about hunkering down over People Magazine on my flight, at least for the duration […]

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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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What Gifts Will EPA Leave Us Under The Clean Water Tree?

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As everyone gets ready to celebrate the holidays, it is always worthwhile to think about the past year and to look ahead to what may be in store for the clean water community. NACWA is proud that we have played a key role through active collaborations in advancing the implementation of EPA’s 2012 Integrated Planning […]

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Sailing New Waters with Strangers

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Recently, around our office, we have been discussing strangers.  Not the kind that you were taught about in grade school (remember those Stranger Danger posters?) – but people with different perspectives that we might learn from – and connect and collaborate with.  Collaboration has been a key tenet of NACWA for years, and reaching out […]

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