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Water Leaders Urge Congress to Free WIFIA from Tax-Exempt Bond Prohibition

Wed, 2015-03-25 09:19
Source:  American Water Works Assn. Deck: 

Delegates also called on Congress to support full funding for WIFIA and for drinking water and wastewater state revolving loan fund programs, and to protect the tax-exempt status of municipal bonds

In hundreds of meetings on Capitol Hill March 18, water utility leaders urged U.S. Congress to increase the effectiveness of the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) by repealing a ban on the use of tax-exempt bonds in WIFIA-funded projects.

Signed into law in 2014, WIFIA provides low-interest federal loans for up to 49% of large drinking water, wastewater and water reuse projects. However, as written the law prohibits tax-exempt bonds from funding the remaining 51%, taking away the most cost-effective tool for communities that seek WIFIA loans.

Image:  capitol.jpg Publication Date:  March 25, 2015

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Water Sector Groups Announce Water Week 2015

Wed, 2015-03-25 08:54
Source:  NACWA, WEF, WERF, WateReuse Deck: 

The event provides an opportunity for water professionals to advocate for national policies that advance clean and safe waters in support of a healthy, sustainable environment

A group of U.S. water sector organizations will join forces next month in Washington, DC for Water Week 2015. Scheduled for April 12 to 18, 2015, the second annual event provides an opportunity for water professionals to advocate for national policies that advance clean and safe waters in support of a healthy, sustainable environment.

Image:  america.jpg Publication Date:  March 25, 2015

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IECA Names Environmental Connection 2015 Presenter of the Year

Tue, 2015-03-24 10:35
Source:  International Erosion Control Assn. Deck: 

Wesley C. Zech, PhD, LEED AP was recognized for his presentation, “Evaluation of Inlet Protection Practices Using Large‐scale Testing Techniques.”

International Erosion Control Assn. Region One (IECA) named to Wesley C. Zech, PhD, LEED AP its Environmental Connection 2015 Presenter of the Year for his presentation, “Evaluation of Inlet Protection Practices Using Large‐scale Testing Techniques.”

Image:  ZECH_AU_HEAD_SHOT-HIGH_RESOLUTION.jpg Publication Date:  March 24, 2015

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Associations Collaborate to Launch Improved Guidelines for Wipes Disposal

Tue, 2015-03-24 08:58
Source:  American Public Works Assn. Deck: 

The group also will meet to discuss the establishment of a new product stewardship initiative

A group of five associations, representing the water sector and the nonwoven fabrics industry, announced that they are working collaboratively on the joint development of a new edition of guidelines that will influence product design and support the marketing of nonwoven products as “flushable,” with no adverse effects on wastewater systems.

Image:  toilet2.jpg Publication Date:  March 24, 2015

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Interior Department Releases Final Hydraulic Fracturing Rule

Tue, 2015-03-24 08:45
Source:  U.S. Department of the Interior Deck: 

Standards address well integrity, water protection and disclosure of chemicals

Following a public process that included more than 1.5 million public comments, on March 20, Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell released final standards that will support safe and responsible hydraulic fracturing on public and American Indian lands. The standards will improve safety and help protect groundwater by updating requirements for well-bore integrity, wastewater disposal and public disclosure of chemicals.

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Interior Department Releases Final Hydraulic Fracturing Rule

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Pennsylvania Water Treatment Plant Wins Presidents Award

Mon, 2015-03-23 10:35
Source:  American Water Works Assn. Deck: 

The facility is the only Pennsylvania facility to earn the Presidents Award this year

Pennsylvania American Water’s Norristown Water Treatment Plant, which serves approximately 32,000 customers in Montgomery County, has received the Presidents Award from the Partnership for Safe Water. The program is a volunteer initiative developed by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection, American Water Works Assn. and other organizations representing water suppliers that continuously provide water quality that surpasses regulatory standards. 

Image:  award2.jpg Publication Date:  March 23, 2015

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CMU Researchers Share Freshwater Expertise in China

Mon, 2015-03-23 10:24
Source:  Central Michigan University Deck: 

International collaboration between biologists and geographers will benefit students and China's Poyang Lake

Researchers from Central Michigan University’s (CMU) College of Science and Technology recently traveled more than 7,200 miles to address watershed health issues in Poyang Lake, China’s largest freshwater lake, located in Jiangxi Province.

Bin Li, CMU geography professor and leader of the collaboration, said the trip was an investment in creating opportunities for students and building research relations with Jiangxi Normal University.

Image:  china.jpg Publication Date:  March 23, 2015

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Chicago Partnership Builds Healthy Playgrounds, Captures Storm Water

Fri, 2015-03-20 10:34
Source:  MWRD Deck: 

The partnership has received national attention and three awards since its formation less than a year ago

The City of Chicago, Chicago Public Schools, Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD), Openlands and Healthy Schools Campaign (HSC) partnership known as "Space to Grow" received a New Champions award from the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance (NPAPA). This organization recognizes the efforts of hundreds of organizations working to promote opportunities for physical activity among people in various settings, physical abilities and ages.

Image:  unnamed (12).jpg Publication Date:  March 20, 2015

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National Mayor’s Challenge for Water Conservation Begins April 1

Fri, 2015-03-20 10:18
Source:  Wayland Foundation Deck: 

Drought resiliency and energy savings through water conservation will be focus of fourth annual national awareness campaign

With at least 36 states facing water shortages this year, mayors across the country will be asking residents to make a commitment to conserve water and cut pollution by taking part in a national contest aimed at drastically slashing water and energy use across the nation—and in return residents can win a new Toyota Prius Plug-In, water-saving fixtures, and hundreds of other prizes.

Image:  water34.jpg Publication Date:  March 20, 2015

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Raleigh’s Sedimentation, Erosion Control Program Wins Award

Thu, 2015-03-19 09:40
Source:  City of Raleigh Deck: 

The city also received the Large Program Award in 2012

The North Carolina Department of Environment and Natural Resources has recognized the city of Raleigh (N.C.) Stormwater Management Div.’s sedimentation and erosion control program as the Large Program Award winner. During its March 17, 2015 meeting, the Raleigh city council honored the program for winning the award for the second time in four years.

The award recognizes the sedimentation and erosion control program for excellence and effectiveness.

Image:  StormwaterAward.JPG Publication Date:  March 19, 2015

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Regional Water Project Completes 50 Miles of Pipeline Construction

Thu, 2015-03-19 09:31
Source:  SDS Water Deck: 

The 50-mile pipeline project will be completed this month

The Southern Delivery System (SDS), one of the largest water projects under construction in the western U.S., will complete its 50 miles of pipeline construction this month.

Image:  N2B Pipe.jpg Publication Date:  March 19, 2015

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Redi-Rock to Receive Michigan Business Award

Wed, 2015-03-18 09:32
Source:  Redi-Rock Intl. Deck: 

The company was named one of Michigan's 50 Companies to Watch

Redi-Rock Intl. will be honored at the 11th annual Michigan Celebrates Small Business event on May 7, 2015, at the Lansing Center in downtown Lansing.

Redi-Rock Intl. is a growing Charlevoix-based company that has taken the idea of concrete block manufacturing and turned it into a brand and a technical authority that has transformed the retaining wall industry since its founding in 2000.  

Image:  Redi-Rock Cobblestone Wall - Caseville, MI.jpg Company Reference:  Redi-Rock Intl. Publication Date:  March 18, 2015

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WWEMA Launches Water Challenge

Wed, 2015-03-18 08:56
Source:  WWEMA Deck: 

The challenge is designed to raise awareness of the value of water and the need for funding

The Water and Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Assn. (WWEMA) launched the WWEMA Water Challenge to raise awareness of the value of water and the need for adequate funding for water and wastewater infrastructure.

“It’s a fun way to demonstrate the myriad ways we rely on ready access to water in our daily lives, and how much we take that access for granted,” said WWEMA Executive Director Vanessa Leiby. “We’re using the #NoWater hashtag to spread the word and draw attention to our most precious resource.”

Image:  sink5.jpg Publication Date:  March 18, 2015

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Fix A Leak Week Promotes Water Conservation

Wed, 2015-03-18 08:54
Source:  EPA Deck: 

WaterSense partners celebrate Fix a Leak Week, March 16 to 22

Every year, more than 1 trillion gal of water go down the drain because of household leaks. Leaks may increase a water bill by as much as 10%. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) WaterSense program encourages consumers to celebrate the seventh annual Fix a Leak Week, March 16 to 22, 2015, by finding and fixing water leaks in their homes. Annually, the average American family could be wasting more than 10,000 gal of water—enough for 270 loads of laundry—due to easy-to-fix leaks.

Image:  leak.jpg Publication Date:  March 18, 2015

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Record Low Snowpack Recorded in Cascades, Sierra Nevada

Tue, 2015-03-17 08:58
Source:  Natural Resources Conservation Service Deck: 

Snowpack in Nevada, Utah and Idaho also fell further behind normal

Warm temperatures in February contributed to further snowpack decline in the Cascades and Sierra Nevada, according to data from the third 2015 forecast by the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Natural Resources Conservation Service (NRCS). Snowpack in Nevada, Utah and Idaho also fell further behind normal.

Image:  sierranevada.jpg Publication Date:  March 17, 2015

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WateReuse Merges Leadership

Tue, 2015-03-17 08:41
Source:  WateReuse Deck: 

The new brand reflects the organizations' unified effort to support water reuse

The WateReuse Assn. and Research Foundation announced a plan to merge the leadership of their organizations to more aggressively address the challenges that local communities face in meeting growing demands for water supplies in the context of drought, climate change, aging infrastructure, environmental degradation and federal, state and local regulations.

Image:  water10.jpg Publication Date:  March 17, 2015

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EPA Launches Green Infrastructure Webinar Series

Mon, 2015-03-16 11:22
Source:  GreenStream Deck: 

The series is geared towards public officials and practitioners beginning to implement green infrastructure, as well as those looking to enhance established programs

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Green Infrastructure Program announced the launch of its 2015 Webcast Series. This series is generally geared towards public officials and practitioners just beginning to implement green infrastructure, as well as those looking to enhance established programs.

Image:  computer5.jpg Publication Date:  March 16, 2015

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Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers Names Young Engineer of the Year

Mon, 2015-03-16 11:13
Source:  Gresham, Smith and Partners Deck: 

Kristi Schnell, P.E., was honored for her professional contributions and industry leadership

Gresham, Smith and Partners (GS&P), announced that Kristi Schnell, P.E., has received the Young Engineer of the Year award from the Tennessee Society of Professional Engineers (TSPE) Nashville chapter. The award recognizes the region’s most outstanding engineer based on professional achievements, industry leadership and civic involvement. Schnell is a senior associate and senior engineer in GS&P’s Water Resources market with more than 10 years of experience in water and wastewater facilities planning, design and construction.

Image:  IMG_5311.JPG Publication Date:  March 16, 2015

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