Source Water Collaborative Launches “Reinforce the Source” Innovation Challenge

The Source Water Collaborative (SWC) is pleased to announce the launch of the Reinforce the Source Innovation Challenge.  Top Coder, the SWC’s vendor and host for the challenge, has a network of design, development, and data science solvers that can compete to win cash prizes, along with anyone else from the public.  The challenge is to create a new user-friendly repository for state data, technical information and analysis, risk assessments, and draft/final criteria (as well as numeric translators to narrative criteria) for pollutants with no 304(a) recommended criteria and/or drinking water standards.  See the key information here on the SWC website.

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2017 AWWA Sustainable Water Management Conference Call for Papers

AWWA is seeking abstracts for the 2017 Sustainable Water Management Conference that will be held March 19-22 in New Orleans, Louisiana.  This conference will showcase solutions for managing water resources, protecting drinking water supplies, planning for sustainable utilities, designing integrated infrastructure, balancing the benefits of conservation with the costs, and analyzing effective alternatives including stormwater and reuse.  View the detailed abstract list hereSubmission Deadline:  Thursday, June 23, 2016

ASDWA’s 2016 Annual Conference Call for Papers

Please submit your abstract for ASDWA’s 2016 Annual Conference.  This year’s conference will be held October 17-20, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.  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:

Presentation Themes:

  • Source water protection and sustainability of water supplies
  • Clean Water Act/SDWA connections, nutrient pollution, and Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs)
  • Emerging contaminants in drinking water
  • Extreme weather, water and energy efficiency, and conservation
  • Drinking water emergency preparedness and resiliency strategies and tools
  • State revolving loan fund tools and techniques/green infrastructure strategies
  • SDWA implementation approaches and strategies including collaborations and partnerships
  • Emerging drinking water treatment technologies and optimization of current technology
  • Small systems: TMF, sustainability strategies, technologies, and compliance
  • Workforce, operator certification, and/or technical assistance initiatives
  • Data management and electronic reporting
  • Distribution system issues
  • 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.  If you would like to make a presentation, please 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 by June 1, 2016.  For more information, please view the 2016 Call for Papers and Exhibitors.

For more information about the 2016 ASDWA Annual Conference, visit us at www.asdwa.org/Conferences.

 

New CWA-SDWA Infographic from the Source Water Collaborative

The National Source Water Collaborative is pleased to announce the release of its latest source water protection outreach infographic tool:  Source to Tap.  This infographic provides a visual interactive landscape for users to learn more about the various Clean Water Act “tools” that can be used to protect drinking water sources, as well as opportunities to contribute local knowledge, data, and perspectives into regulatory and non-regulatory provisions such as Water Quality Standards, Designated Uses, and Total Maximum Daily Loads (TMDLs).  The infographic adapts strategies from the 2014 publication, Opportunities to Protect Drinking Water and Advance Watershed Goals Through the Clean Water Act: A Toolkit for State, Interstate, Tribal and Federal Program Managers, that was developed via a multi-year collaborative effort by states and EPA to help clean water and drinking water program managers align their efforts to better target and apply the Clean Water Act to protect source water.  You may access Source to Tap from the Source Water Collaborative website “Quick Tools” toolbar or follow this link.