September Promotional Events:  Protect Your Groundwater Day and SepticSmart Week

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Protect Your Groundwater Day is September 5th:  The National Ground Water Association (NGWA) is encouraging the protection of public health and the health of the environment by celebrating “Protect Your Groundwater Day.” This year’s celebration will take place on September 5th. State drinking water programs should consider sharing information about “Protect Your Groundwater Day” with their water utilities and residents, as a means to create greater awareness about protecting this valuable resource.  For more information, visit the NGWA website and WellOwner.orgwebsite. To ask questions, please contact Cliff Tryens of NGWA at ctreyens@ngwa.org.

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SepticSmart Week is September 18-22:  Each year, EPA holds SepticSmart Week with outreach activities to encourage homeowners and communities to care for and maintain their septic systems. This year, SepticSmart Week will be held from September 18-22. State drinking water programs and communities will want to use this opportunity to inform homeowners on proper septic system care and maintenance, promote homeowner education and awareness, and educate local decision makers about infrastructure options available to improve and sustain communities. Visit EPA’s website to download SepticSmart materials and a proclamation template, read about suggested events and activities, view highlights and case studies of community efforts across the nation, and participate in the conversation on social media #SepticSmartWeek.

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Participate in Imagine a Day Without Water on October 12th

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“Imagine a Day Without Water” will take place on October 12th this year. This event is organized by the Value of Water Campaign and urges organizations across the country to engage in and educate their communities about the state of our nation’s infrastructure and the need for reinvestment. One of the most important ways you can participate in Imagine a Day Without Water is by posting on social media. Whether you have an event to promote or just want to show how much you #ValueWater, please share information about this day with your networks. For more information, to use the graphics, and see how you can host a local event and sign up as a partner, visit the website here.

Don’t Forget to Register for the August 29 ASDWA CWA-SDWA Webinar!

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Date:  Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Time:  1:00 to 2:30pm (eastern), 10:00 to 11:30am (pacific)

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On August 29, ASDWA will host a Clean Water Act – Safe Drinking Water Act (CWA-SDWA) webinar entitled, “Creative Uses of Clean Water Funding for Drinking Water Benefits.”  The purpose of the webinar is to build on the efforts of ASDWA, ACWA, GWPC, and EPA to share and promote CWA-SDWA coordination activities across state and EPA water programs.  State, interstate, tribal, and federal water programs, water utilities, technical assistance providers, and anyone else who would like to participate is encouraged to attend.  During the webinar, presenters from the Virginia and Washington Drinking Water Programs and the Skagit Public Utilities District (in WA) will share how they collaborated with their state Clean Water Programs and other partners to creatively use some non-traditional funding routes to benefit their drinking water utilities, including one very small and disadvantaged water system.

HABHRCA Report Submitted to Congress

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On August 24th, the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) submitted the “Harmful Algal Blooms and Hypoxia Research Plan and Action Strategy: An Interagency Report” to Congress.  The report focuses on the relationships between federal partners and their stakeholders, and the challenges, concerns, and needs related to HABs and hypoxia, and their impact on Great Lakes regional interests and communities.  The report broadly recommends the following:

  • Improving comprehensive conservation planning;
  • Expanding ecological forecasting and modeling for HABs and hypoxia across the Great Lakes;
  • Refining and developing methods for detecting HAB-related toxins found in the Great Lakes;
  • Developing unified messages on the causes, risks, and mitigation efforts on HABs and hypoxia; and
  • Expanding and integrating information on current and potential future social and environmental impacts of HABs and hypoxia in the Great Lakes.

This report is the second step for fulfilling the requirements of the Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Act (HABHRCA) legislation after the publication of the February 2016 assessment report.  This new report is attached to this article and will be posted on NOAA’s HABHRCA page in the near future.

AMWA Webinar on Water Utility Resilience Innovations

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The Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies is hosting a free one-hour webinar on water utility resilience as part of its Innovation Series. The series highlights innovations by AMWA members through case studies in resilience and sustainability.

Date:  Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Time:  3:00pm – 4:00 pm (eastern)

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The featured topics of this webinar include:  The Climate Action Plan at Fort Collins Utilities, which addresses energy efficiency and climate resiliency; and Austin Water’s Water Forward planning effort, looking at securing a resilient water supply for the next century.

AWWA Publishes Story on Winners of the 2017 Exemplary Source Water Protection Award

AWWA has published a story in AWWA Connections that shares information about the winners of the 2017 Exemplary Source Water Protection Award.  Two awards were given this year to the City of Bremerton in Washington and the Weber Basin Water Conservancy District in Utah, and they were announced and recognized at ACE17 in Philadelphia.  Read more about their exemplary efforts on the AWWA web site.

And don’t forget, award nominations for water utilities are due each year on January 15th.  States and state water associations are encouraged to work with their utilities to submit nominations for their outstanding source water protection programs. More information about the award, including previous award recipients, eligibility and submission criteria, and the entry form, may be accessed via the AWWA Source Water Protection Resource Community page.  You will need to sign in using your AWWA member information, or sign up for a free username and password if you are not a member.  You may also view the criteria and download the entry form at www.awwa.org/eswpa.

AWWA Publishes New Edition of Source Water Protection Operational Guide

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AWWA has published its 2nd Edition of the Source Water Protection Operational Guide to AWWA Standard G300.  This Operational Guide helps utility managers implement the requirements established in AWWA Standard G300 on source water protection to:

 

  • Identify source water protection goals
  • Create and implement action plans
  • Assess plan effectiveness

The guide also includes worksheets, an extensive resource section, and case studies.  For more information and to purchase the guide, visit the AWWA website.

WRF Webcast on Preparedness and Response for Water System Resilience

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Date:  Thursday, August 17, 2017

Time:  3:00pm – 4:00pm (eastern)

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The Water Research Foundation (WRF) will host a free webinar entitled, “Preparedness and Response Practices to Support Water System Resilience: Fundamentals, Good Practices, and Innovations.”  This webcast will discuss the findings of Innovative Preparedness and Response Practices to Support Water System Resilience (#4601). Participants will learn about practices in other sectors that could be used in the water sector, a variety of fundamentals and good practices in use at utilities, as well as some innovative practices to consider.

EPA Webinar on Land Use and Water Resources

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EPA will hold a webinar as part of the Safe and Sustainable Resources Research Program monthly series entitled, “Land Use, Environmental Stressors, and Water Resources: Degradation to Restoration.”

Date:  Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Time:  2:00pm to 3:00pm (eastern)

Register at:  https://register.gotowebinar.com/register/4319992565037855234

During the webinar, presenters will discuss environmental stressors and management practices impacting global water quantity and quality; describe a conceptual framework for understanding and predicting global patterns of water use and water quality degradations; and discuss the role of ecosystem restoration and management in securing and improving water resources and related ecosystem services.