New AWWA Report Highlights Source Water Protection in Water Utility CCRs

AWWAAWWA has published a new report entitled, “Communicating Source Water Protection Efforts in Consumer Confidence Reports (CCRs).” This new report serves as a guidance document that is designed to help small and medium-sized utilities write more effective CCRs that educate customers about source water protection needs and efforts. The complimentary report is only available to AWWA members for the first six months. For more information, visit the AWWA website.

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Webinar on Hudson River Drinking Water Protection

HudsonmapOn Friday, May 18th from 1:00 to 2:00 pm (eastern), Riverkeeper, the Center for Watershed Protection, and the communities that draw drinking water from the Hudson River in New York are hosting a webinar entitled, “Protecting Drinking Water at its Source: Recommendations for the Hudson River.” The goal of the webinar is to present findings and recommendations developed from using the Riverkeeper’s Source Water Protection Scorecard as a framework for analysis. Register for the webinar here

ASDWA Webinar on 1,4-Dioxane for State Drinking Water, Ground Water, and Clean Water Programs

1 4 diox chem structureASDWA is pleased to announce a free webinar on Tuesday, June 5th from 1:00 to 2:30 pm (eastern) entitled, “State Efforts to Assess and Address 1,4-Dioxane through Drinking Water, Ground Water, and Clean Water Programs.” The purpose of the webinar is to share information about state efforts to assess and address 1,4-dioxane, an unregulated contaminant that is causing states and water utilities to become increasingly concerned about potential health impacts from elevated levels of 1,4-dioxane in both groundwater and surface water drinking water sources. The webinar presenters are Brandon Kernen from the State of New Hampshire and Rebecca Sadosky from the State of North Carolina. This webinar also builds on the efforts of ASDWA, the Association of Clean Water Administrators (ACWA), the Ground Water Protection Council (GWPC), and EPA to share and promote Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act (CWA-SDWA) coordination activities across state and EPA water programs. State, interstate, tribal, and federal water programs, water utilities, and technical assistance providers are encouraged to attend, along with anyone else who would like to participate. REGISTER HERE.

Register Now for the May 9th SWC Forest to Faucets Webinar

swc_logoThe Source Water Collaborative (SWC) is pleased to announce a free webinar on Wednesday, May 9th from 2:00 to 3:00 pm (eastern) entitled, “A Preliminary Look at the National Forests to Faucets Analysis 2.0 (F2F2).” During the webinar, Sally Claggett of the US Forest Service will share how they are updating the original Forests to Faucets analysis to quantify, rank, and illustrate the direct geographic connection between private and public forests, surface water drinking water supplies, and populations that depend on them. The new F2F2 includes a three-part analysis of the:

  1. Inherent ability of watersheds to produce clean water, based largely on land use.
  2. Most important watersheds to surface water drinking water supply users.
  3. Various threats to forests and the quantity of surface water drinking water supplies.

Altogether, the F2F2 project will provide a broad view of the land use characteristics and water supply threats to watersheds that feed surface water drinking water sources. It does not displace the need for local land use data, local knowledge, or different analyses of hydrologic regimes. F2F2 will, however, be useful for long-range planning, municipal education, and prioritization of regional water needs, including indicating where alternative water supplies may be needed. It will also help those making land management decisions know where practices may be needed to conserve or restore forests. SWC members and their networks are encouraged to attend, along with anyone else who is interested and would like to participate. REGISTER FOR THE WEBINAR HERE

Source Water Collaborative Webinar on Forests to Faucets 2.0

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The Source Water Collaborative is pleased to announce a free webinar on Wednesday, May 9th from 2:00 to 3:00 pm (eastern) entitled, “A Preliminary Look at the National Forests to Faucets Analysis 2.0 (F2F2).” During the webinar, Sally Claggett of the US Forest Service will share how they are updating the original Forests to Faucets analysis to quantify, rank, and illustrate the direct geographic connection between private and public forests, surface water drinking water supplies, and populations that depend on them. The new F2F2 includes a three-part analysis of the:

  1. Inherent ability of watersheds to produce clean water, based largely on land use.
  2. Most important watersheds to surface water drinking water supply users.
  3. Various threats to forests and the quantity of surface water drinking water supplies.

Altogether, the F2F2 project will provide a broad view of the land use characteristics and water supply threats to watersheds that feed surface water drinking water sources. It does not displace the need for local land use data, local knowledge, or different analyses of hydrologic regimes. F2F2 will, however, be useful for long-range planning, municipal education, and prioritization of regional water needs, including indicating where alternative water supplies may be needed. It will also help those making land management decisions know where practices may be needed to conserve or restore forests. Source Water Collaborative members and their networks are encouraged to attend, along with anyone else who is interested and would like to participate. REGISTER FOR THE WEBINAR HERE

 

Submit Your Abstracts for ASDWA’s Annual Conference!

Please submit your abstract for ASDWA’s 2018 Annual Conference.  This year’s conference will be held October 22-25, 2018 at the Embassy Suites Des Moines in Des Moines, Iowa.  Approximately 250 participants from state and territorial drinking water programs, EPA and other Federal agencies, drinking water associations, consulting firms, and industry groups are expected to attend.  Presentation themes may include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Source water protection and sustainability
  • Clean Water Act/SDWA connections, nutrient pollution, and Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs)
  • Emerging contaminants – PFAS & 1,4-dioxane
  • Drinking water emergency preparedness, resiliency, and cybersecurity strategies and tools
  • SDWA implementation approaches and strategies including collaborations and partnerships
  • DW SRF tools and techniques
  • Small systems: TMF, sustainability strategies, technologies, and compliance
  • Workforce, operator certification, and/or technical assistance initiatives
  • Data management, electronic reporting, and SDWIS Prime
  • Lead service line replacement; lead testing in schools
  • Distribution system water quality
  • Emerging drinking water treatment technologies and optimization
  • Drinking water research
  • Risk assessment, risk communication, and consumer outreach

When reviewing proposals, ASDWA will give priority to those received from state drinking water program administrators and their staff.

Instructions for Submissions

You may submit an abstract online using ASDWA’s Call for Papers Submission Form.

Alternatively, you may submit a one-page abstract with the proposed presentation title, and the name, title, affiliation, and contact information for the speaker to Deirdre Mason of ASDWA at dmason@asdwa.org.

The deadline for submissions is June 8, 2018.

Next Week! – ASDWA Webinar on USGS Drinking Water-Related Research, Data, and Tools

usgsASDWA will host a free webinar on Tuesday, April 24th from 1:00 to 2:30 pm (eastern) entitled, “USGS Drinking Water-Related Research, Data, and Tools.” This is the first in a series of ASDWA webinars where USGS scientists will share data and information relevant to state drinking water programs and stakeholders. This first webinar will provide a broad overview of high-visibility efforts related to monitoring, data, modeling, tools, and products from the USGS National Water Quality Program and the Toxic Substances Hydrology and Contaminant Biology Programs. Subsequent webinars will dig deeper into specific drinking water-related topics. State drinking water program personnel are encouraged to attend, along with anyone else who is interested and would like to participate. For more information and to register, GO HERE.

ACWA Releases First State Nutrient Reduction Progress Tracker Report

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The Association of State Clean Water Administrators (ACWA) has released its Nutrient Reduction Progress Tracker 1.0. The report summarizes the survey data received from state clean water programs in the fall of 2017 on state progress to reduce nutrient loads beyond the adoption of numeric nutrient criteria for lakes, estuaries, and flowing waters. This is the first in what will be a series of Nutrient Reduction Progress Tracker reports and includes responses from 31 states on state strategies, monitoring, assessment, non-point sources, point sources, and drinking water.

The ACWA Nutrients Working Group (NWG) that developed the Tracker is a partnership between ACWA, EPA, and ASDWA and currently includes two drinking water questions about the number of public water systems (PWSs) in violation of the Nitrate MCL and the estimated number and percent of PWSs operating to meet the Nitrate MCL. ASDWA is providing input on additional drinking water questions for next year’s Tracker survey that would help further explain the impacts of nutrient pollution on PWSs, both in terms of cost avoidance and additional costs for treatment, beyond conventional treatment. To view the report and to learn more about this effort, go here.

ASDWA Session Held this Week at the AWWA Sustainable Water Management Conference

The AWWA Sustainable Water Management (SWM) Conference was held this week in Seattle where ASDWA co-sponsored a technical session entitled “Harness the Power of the Clean Water Act to Protect Sources of Drinking Water.” Approximately 400 people attended the meeting from across the US including representatives from water utilities, associations, federal agencies, consulting firms, and four state drinking water programs. Other sessions at the conference focused on the sustainability of water supplies, water utility climate change adaptation, source water protection, pay for performance best practices for forest preservation and wildfire prevention, land use and water integrated planning, and more.

The ASDWA session speakers included:  Michelle Tucker from EPA Region 10 who provided an overview of how the Clean Water Act (CWA) can protect sources of drinking water; Sheree Stewart from the Oregon Source Water Protection (SWP) Program who spoke about how the state is using GIS to address point and nonpoint sources of pollution and emerging contaminants at the source; Corina Hayes from the Washington SWP Program who shared information about state efforts to use Drinking Water SRF funds to help communities develop SWP plans; David Dunn from the Washington Department of Ecology who spoke about how to leverage different CWA funding mechanisms (including the CWSRF) for SWP in Washington State; Bill Trueman from the Skagit Public Utility District (PUD) who shared how they used CWSRF funding to purchase land to protect their drinking water source; Deirdre Mason from ASDWA who spoke about ASDWA, state, and EPA CWA and Safe Drinking Water Act (CWA-SDWA) coordination efforts to address regulated and emerging ; and Bo Williams from EPA Headquarters who spoke about the National Source Water Collaborative’s CWA-SDWA infographic for water utilities and local stakeholders to provide input into state CWA provisions and permitting efforts. To learn more about these efforts, check out:

For more information about the AWWA SWM conference, visit the AWWA website.

Two USDA NRCS Funding Opportunities Available for Easement Restoration and State Conservation Innovation Grants

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Easement Restoration Funding:  NRCS is requesting proposals from qualified individuals and organizations to complete restoration work on eligible degraded wetland, floodplain and forestland properties. Up to $250 million is available for these restoration projects in all 50 states and territories. Restoration activities may include: designing restoration plans, installing conservation practices including structural and vegetative, construction management and inspection. Agreements will be three years in length. Potential applicants should review the funding opportunity, USDA-NRCS-US-WRP-ACEP- EWPP-HFRP-18-01, at https://www.grants.gov/, which includes application materials and submission procedures. Applications are due by May 18, 2018. For more information on wetland, floodplain and forestland easements, visit the NRCS easements page. See the full announcement here USDA-NRCS-US-WRP-ACEP-EWPP-HFRP-18-01.

State Conservation Innovation Grants (CIG):  The NRCS CIG offers both national and state grant competitions. The national competition closed in late February but in 2018, twenty states are offering CIG funding opportunities and many state competitions are still open. These state CIG competitions target small projects (maximum award size is $75,000) that address natural resource concerns (including drinking water quality) at a local or state level. The following states and territories currently have opportunities posted on Grants.gov LAORMDMIMOVAAZMECAIDKSSDPAGANMRINYIAOK, the Pacific Island Area and the Caribbean Area. For more information on any of these competitions, please contact the relevant NRCS state office.