Don’t Forget to Register for the September 27th Learning Exchange Webinar

The Source Water Collaborative will conduct the second webinar in the Learning Exchange webinar series on Tuesday, September 27th from 1:00pm – 2:00pm (eastern time) and will focus on this month’s topic of “Forming and Sustaining Source Water Protection Collaboratives.” You may register for the webinar here. The webinar speakers and topics are as follows:

  • Nicole Zacharda Pertosa will discuss the Great Lakes Commission’s current effort to launch the Great Lakes Source Water Protection Working Group as part of the Blue Accounting Initiative;
  • Kim Swan will present information about coordinating and sustaining the activities of the Clackamas River Water Providers; and
  • Jim Taft of ASDWA will share perspectives and tips from the National Source Water Collaborative.

EPA Awards Funding for Universities to Research Water Quality Benefits

EPA has announced $4.8 million in funding awards for six universities to work with local communities to better understand the economic value of water quality. These research grants will help communities and experts conduct cost-benefit analyses for actions to protect our waterways from contaminants that degrade water quality. This research will also provide a critical link between water quality science and the monetary value of the services that healthy waterways provide, including recreational uses. For more information, visit the EPA website.

September SWC Learning Exchange Webinar and Resources Focus on Forming and Sustaining Collaboratives

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September 27th Webinar:  The Source Water Collaborative (SWC) will conduct the second webinar in the Learning Exchange webinar series on Tuesday, September 27th from 1:00pm – 2:00pm (eastern time) and will focus on this month’s topic of “Forming and Sustaining Source Water Protection Collaboratives.” You may register for the webinar here. The webinar speakers and topics are as follows:

  • Nicole Zacharda Pertosa will discuss the Great Lakes Commission’s current effort to launch the Great Lakes Source Water Protection Working Group as part of the Blue Accounting Initiative;
  • Kim Swan will present information about coordinating and sustaining the activities of the Clackamas River Water Providers; and
  • Jim Taft of ASDWA will share perspectives and tips from the National Source Water Collaborative.

 

New Resources:  For the month of September, the Source Water Collaborative Learning Exchange has posted new resources on “Forming and Sustaining Source Water Protection Collaboratives” that showcase the work of local, state, and regional source water protection partnerships. These source water collaboratives constitute a diverse set of entities with differing geographic scopes, water and pollution concerns, collaborative goals, and member organizations. All, however, share a common mission of protecting sources of drinking water and the people they serve, and all recognize the immense value of a collaborative approach. Defending drinking water is truly a shared responsibility that ultimately takes place at the local level. Recognizing this fact, over the past several years the Source Water Collaborative has supported several pilot projects to build partnerships towards implementing key protections in critical source water areas. Last year, the SWC published the first-of-its-kind How to Collaborate Toolkit, which offers a detailed, step-wise approach for initiating and enhancing partnerships to protect drinking water sources. Throughout September, the Learning Exchange will provide access to success stories, helpful tips, and thoughtful resources on “Forming and Sustaining Collaboratives”. You will also have the opportunity to hear updates and lessons learned directly from established and new local source water partnerships during the webinar on September 27th.  A wide variety of source water collaboratives are working around the country on drinking water issues at local, state, and regional levels. Big impacts can be made when partners that have a shared interest come together with a desire and ability to act. We hope these resources and opportunities encourage those just getting started and provide new inspiration to established partnerships.

WRF News Splash Shares New Videos and Resources on Cyanobacteria and Cyanotoxins

The Water Research Foundation (WRF) has published a new issue of News Splash, announcing the release of a new video providing information on the science behind cyanobacteria and cyanotoxins, and a utility perspective on the latest in source water protection, monitoring, detection, and treatment.  In addition, WRF has posted new Expert Symposium videos related to the WRF project on, “Cyanobacterial Blooms and Cyanotoxins: Knowledge Synthesis, Utility Workshop and Research Gaps,” and will craft a multi-year research agenda for WRF’s Focus Area, titled “Cyanobacterial Blooms and Cyanotoxins: Monitoring, Control, and Communication Strategies.”  The WRF News Splash also includes a number of other related and recently published and updated resources.  For more information, visit the WRF website.

PIE Webinar on New York and Colorado State Resiliency Initiatives

On September 22, from 2:00pm – 3:00pm (eastern), the American Planning Association (APA) and the Association of State Floodplain Managers (ASFPM) will conduct a free webinar entitled, “State Resiliency Initiatives: From Issue to Action!”  This is the eighth webinar in the Planning Information Exchange (PIE) quarterly webinar series focusing on tools, best practices, and strategies on the role of hazard mitigation planning and its connections with recovery planning and preparedness.  This webinar will feature discussions with Bill Nechamen, Chief of Floodplain Management for New York State Department of Environmental Conservation, and Iain Hyde, Deputy Director of Colorado Governor’s Resiliency & Recovery Office.  During the webinar, participants will hear about how two different statewide approaches are being implemented to better enable their communities and citizens to be more resilient. The conversation will focus on the drivers for these state level initiatives, ties to planning efforts, implementation opportunities and challenges, and community level actions that have resulted.  Register for the webinar here.

September 1 HABs Educate & Engage Webinar

This Thursday, September 1, from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (eastern) the Great Lakes HABs Collaboratory, in collaboration with Ohio Sea Grant and LimnoTech, will host a webinar entitled, “HABs: Educate & Engage.”  This webinar is part of the HABs State of the Science webinar series focused on the latest research related to Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs) in the Great Lakes.  This webinar will present ongoing research projects and initiatives focused on the social aspects of HABs, such as management, outreach, engagement and communications. Presenters from EPA, the University of Toledo, Ohio State and Kent State Universities, and The Nature Conservancy will share ongoing research projects and initiatives. Click here to register.

SepticSmart Tools and Outreach Webinar

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On Thursday, September 8 from 1:00 – 2:00pm (eastern), EPA will conduct a webinar to explore tools and outreach efforts for the upcoming SepticSmart Week 2016 that is being held September 19-23.  The purpose of SepticSmart Week is to: inform homeowners on proper septic system care; assist state and local governments and organizations in promoting homeowner education and awareness; and educate local decision makers about infrastructure options available to improve and sustain communities. MOU partners and stakeholders are invited to share SepticSmart materials, hold events, and raise awareness during the week. Webinar speakers will provide an overview of available materials, share their successes from past SepticSmart Week events and share tools and ideas to encourage attendees to participate in 2016. For additional information on the Decentralized Wastewater MOU Partnership and on SepticSmart Week 2016 please visit: https://www.epa.gov/septic.  Register for the webinar HERE.

Register Now for the August 25th Creative Partnerships Webinar by the Source Water Collaborative

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Register now for the Creative Partnerships webinar on August 25th from 12-1pm (eastern) that will be the first in the Source Water Collaborative’s (SWC) new Learning Exchange webinar series. The Learning Exchange has been launched in celebration of the SWC’s ten-year anniversary and aims to strengthen the effectiveness of source water practitioners across the country by providing a platform to share experiences, transfer knowledge, and learn about funding and technical resources available to support their efforts.

During this first webinar, source water protection leaders will discuss their experiences with non-traditional partners and share tips on:  how to select potential partners and establish new partnerships; common barriers encountered and ways to overcome them; and sustaining and expanding partnerships for long-term engagement. Webinar presentations will include:

  • Lynn Thorp from Clean Water Action, and Steve Via from American Water Works Association (AWWA), who will share how they partnered with the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) and the Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP) to register their concerns with EPA that the final Effluent Limitations Guidelines and Standards should not leave water systems to grapple with bromide when a Clean Water Act program could help them avoid Safe Drinking Water Act compliance problems caused by pollution discharges upstream.
  • Jim Capurso with the U.S. Forest Service, who will share tips from the Drinking Water Providers Partnership, an effort that facilitates environmental conservation and restoration in municipal watersheds across the Northwest. This partnership includes multiple agencies: USDA Forest Service, the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality, the Washington Department of Health, the EPA, the Bureau of Land Management, the Geos Institute, and WildEarth Guardians.

Registration is free and open to anyone who would like to participate.

SAB Completes Peer Review for EPA Hydraulic Fracturing Study

EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) has just published its peer review of the June 2015 “Draft Assessment of the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas on Drinking Water Resources.” The SAB peer review document recommends that EPA:  revise the major findings to provide clarity and adequacy of support for drawing national-level conclusions about the lack of evidence for widespread, systemic impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water resources; better recognize the importance of local level impacts; more clearly describe the probability, risk and relative significance of potential hydraulic fracturing-related failure mechanisms; compile toxicological information on constituents employed in hydraulic fracturing in a more inclusive manner; distinguish between hydraulic fracturing constituents injected into a well vs. constituents that come out of the well in produced fluids; and more.

EPA will use the SAB’s final comments and suggestions, along with scientific research papers and public comments received by the Agency, to revise and finalize the Assessment Report by the end of 2016.  To view the SAB Peer Review document, go HERE.

New Release – Updated Online Version of EPA’s CREAT Tool for Water Utility Climate Resilience

 

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EPA has just released an updated online version of its Climate Resilience Evaluation and Awareness Tool (CREAT).  CREAT is designed for the use of drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities and promotes a clear understanding of the climate science and pertinent adaptation options by translating current and complex climate projection data into a series of intuitive modules.  CREAT now provides monetized risk results, which promotes a common and mutual understanding of climate change impacts. With this powerful information, utility owners and operators can make advancements to curtail the impacts of climate change, particularly by implementing no regrets adaption options, those that provide benefits regardless of future climate conditions.  This tool was developed in consultation with drinking water and wastewater utilities, as well as water sector associations, climate science and risk assessment subject matter experts, and multiple Federal partners. Click the following links to see how CREAT has benefited utilities such as Camden, New Jersey and Faribault, Minnesota.

This fall, CRWU will host a series of webinars to introduce 2.0 users to the many updates included in CREAT 3.0, so stay tuned.  For more information and to use CREAT, visit EPA’s Climate Ready Water Utilities website.