EPA Publishes New Flood Resilience Guide for Water and Wastewater Utilities

EPA’s Water Security Division is pleased to announce the release of their newest tool called Flood Resilience: A Basic Guide for Water and Wastewater Utilities. Drinking water and wastewater utilities are particularly vulnerable to flooding, which can damage pumps, disconnect chemical tanks, break distribution lines and disrupt power supplies. Targeted to small and medium utilities, the Flood Resilience Guide outlines a simple, 4-step assessment process to help any water utility understand their flooding threat and identify practical mitigation options to protect their critical assets. With a user-friendly layout, the Guide provides worksheets, instructional videos, and flood maps to help utilities through the process. For outreach to the water sector, EPA has partnered with Rural Water organizations in several states to co-present training on flood resilience.  EPA also intends to conduct a national webinar to further promote the Flood Resilience Guide. You can download the tool from EPA’s website at www.water.epa.gov/infrastructure/watersecurity.

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September 30 Webinar on Continuous Water Quality Monitoring

On Tuesday, September 30 at 2:00pm (eastern), Aquatic Informatics Inc. & YSI Inc. will host a free webinar entitled, “Expert Tips for Continuous Water Quality Monitoring.” During the webinar, Dustin Shull from the Pennsylvania DEP, Timothy Finegan from YSI / Xylem, and David Gilbey from Aquatic Informatics will share strategies for turning continuous data from your unattended stations into water quality insight.  Adding time series data to your monitoring program empowers you with high resolution environmental data. Join Dustin as he shares results and lessons learned from the Pennsylvania Continuous Instream Monitoring (CIM) program. Learn how you can reliably collect continuous data for the most common water quality parameters using EXO instrumentation. Discover how to leverage AQUARIUS Time-Series to process and analyze your water data.  Register HERE.

HUD Launches $1 Billion National Disaster Resilience Competition

The US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), in partnership with the Rockefeller Foundation has launched a $1 billion National Disaster Resilience Competition.  The competition makes $1 billion available to eligible communities that have been struck by natural disasters in recent years. The competition promotes risk assessment and planning and will fund the implementation of innovative resilience projects to better prepare communities for future storms and other extreme events. This competition responds to requests from state, local, and tribal leaders who have asked the federal government to help them prepare their communities for the impacts of climate change and support investments in more resilient infrastructure.

Eligible ApplicantsThere are 67 eligible applicants for the $1 billion National Disaster Resilience Competition.  All states with counties that experienced a Presidentially Declared Major Disaster in 2011, 2012 or 2013 are eligible to submit applications that address unmet needs as well as vulnerabilities to future extreme events, stresses, threats, hazards, or other shocks in areas that were most impacted and distressed as a result of the effects of the Qualified Disaster.

Overview of Phases:  The National Disaster Resilience Competition is a year-long competition structured in two phases: (1) the framing phase and (2) the implementation phase. Phase 1 applications will be due in March 2015.  Successful applicants in Phase 1 will be invited to participate in Phase 2 to design solutions for recovery and resilience. Phase 2 applications must also include an analysis for any proposed projects with an account of the social and ecological benefits and costs as a consideration.   The best proposals from Phase 2 will receive funds for implementation and will demonstrate how communities across the country can build a more resilient future.  HUD expects to make final award announcements in late 2015.

Read more on the National Disaster Resilience Competition.

 

September 24 Continuous Monitoring for Nutrients Webinar

On September 24th, The National Water Quality Monitoring Council will host a webinar entitled, “Continuous Monitoring for Nutrients: State of the Technology and State of the Science,”
and featuring a presentation by Brian Pellerin of the U.S. Geological Survey.

ABSTRACT: Making water quality measurements that capture rapid changes due to storms and other events has long been a challenge for accurately measuring the sources, loads and cycling of nutrients in lakes, rivers and streams.  However, advances in situ sensor technology and communications over the last 10 years has revolutionized the way water quality monitoring and research can be conducted.  In particular, in situ optical sensor measurements for nutrients such as nitrate and orthophosphate are yielding significant insights into the sources and timing of nutrient transport, as well as real-time data for decision support.  This talk will present the state of the technology for continuous monitoring of nutrients in rivers and streams and several examples from USGS studies that highlight the opportunities, challenges and importance of making comparable, high quality measurements in our Nation’s waterways.

The webinar will take place on Wednesday, September 24th at 1:00 p.m. EDT (10:00 a.m. PDT)
Please login 5 minutes early; see instructions below to join the webinar.

For additional details, please see the attached flyer.  Webinar_14Sept24

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The webinar is free and no pre-registration is required.