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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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Don’t Gamble on Wet Weather Consent Decree Negotiations

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If you are one of the estimated 40 million Americans who fill out more than 70 million brackets and “legally” wager approximately $2 billion on the NCAA tournament, your bracket may have taken a hit from upsets such as No. 1 seed Villanova getting ousted by N.C. State and No. 2 Virginia falling to Michigan State […]

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Water Quality Concerns Tops the List for USDA RCPP Spending and NACWA Members are Key Partners

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Today, the USDA announced 115 grant awards under the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), a new program established under the 2014 Farm Bill that relies on non-agricultural partners to help farmers implement conservation practices to address natural resources concerns, including water quality.   The program is a novelty as it is the first USDA conservation program […]

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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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Leading Beyond the Plant with the Urban Waters Federal Partnership

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Last week, NACWA partnered with 27 NGO’s and 14 Federal Agencies to support the Urban Waters Federal Partnership (UWFP). Groundwork USA, Wilderness Inquiry, and the Society of Municipal Arborists may seem to be unusual bedfellows, but NACWA shares the common belief that the best way to maintain and restore critical urban waters and watersheds is […]

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What a Difference a “Green” Year Makes

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As we all know, a lot can happen in a year. 33 communities gathered this week in Cleveland for the second annual Green Infrastructure Summit. Green infrastructure (GI) has become such  a “regulator approved” approach to manage stormwater that it is hard to believe only one year ago, when a slightly smaller group of communities […]

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Bound Until Clean Water Act Compliance Do Us Part

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What are the following figures associated with? 

Atlanta –  1998-2013: $1.5 billion; 2014-2027: ~$445 million 
Cincinnati –  2006-2022: ~$1.5 billion 
St. Louis – 2011-2034:  $4.7 billion

Major League Baseball stadium construction/renovation costs?  Nope. These are expenditures made or planned pursuant to wet weather consent decrees and the figures do not even include civil penalties, expenditures made prior to entry […]

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Advocating for Our Future: Thoughts from NACWA’s Law Seminar

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Several themes dominated NACWA’s recently held 2013 National Clean Water Law Seminar: the Clean Water Act (CWA) is showing its age and is set in its ways but is here to stay for the foreseeable future and the forecast is Stormy with 100% Chance of More Regulation as one session was appropriately titled.  While the […]

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New Rule Delays Show Continued Challenges of Federal Stormwater Regulation

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This script is becoming familiar.  EPA, working since late 2009 to develop a new national post-construction stormwater rule, approaches a deadline to release a draft of the rule proposal for public comment.  But the deadline comes and goes, no proposal is released, and there is confusion as to whether any new deadline exists.  This pattern […]

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The Case for Green and the Need for Strong NGO Collaboration

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Green infrastructure (GI) is entering a “make it or break it” phase; certain communities, with support from federal and state agencies, are now willing to invest broadly in GI, such as vegetated bioswales or green roofs, as a way to manage urban stormwater. These forward-thinking communities, many of whom see the challenge of wet weather […]

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