New Pay-For-Performance Conservation Guide Provides Alternative Nonpoint Source Reduction Solution

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Winrock International and Delta Institute have published a “Pay-For-Performance Conservation:  A How-To Guide.” The guide is intended to serve as a handbook for agricultural and conservation organizations, as well as publicly-owned treatment works (POTWs) and municipalities who are interested in planning and implementing a flexible solution to agricultural nonpoint source pollution. The alternative “pay-for-performance” (PfP) conservation approach presented in the guide uses field and farm specific information, combined with nutrient and economic modeling to calculate payments to farmers based on quantified estimates of nutrient reductions. The guide describes the steps for implementing a new PfP program and also provides examples of challenges and successes from existing programs in Iowa, Vermont, Wisconsin, Michigan, Ohio, and Ontario.  Download the guide HERE.

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ASDWA Webinar on PFAS Challenges Facing Small Systems in North Carolina

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ASDWA will host a webinar on Tuesday, September 26th from 1:00pm – 2:00pm (eastern) entitled, “Legacy and Emerging PFAS Challenges Facing Small Surface Water Treatment Systems in North Carolina.”  During the webinar, Dr. Detlef Knappe from North Carolina State University will present his research on both legacy (PFOA and PFOS) and emerging (GenX) PFAS in the Cape Fear River watershed and will summarize some of the challenges with analytical methods and treatment for surface water systems impacted by discharges from a Chemours manufacturing plant. Register HERE

Register Now for ASDWA Webinar on Leveraging CWA 319 and SDWA Programs for Surface and Ground Water Quality Planning

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ASDWA CWA-SDWA Webinar:  Leveraging CWA 319 and SDWA Programs for Surface and Ground Water Quality Planning

Date:  Tuesday, November 7, 2017

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

REGISTER HERE

On November 7, ASDWA will host a free Clean Water Act – Safe Drinking Water Act (CWA-SDWA) webinar entitled, “Leveraging CWA 319 and SDWA Programs for Surface and Ground Water Quality Planning.” 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 Nebraska and Nevada state water programs will share how they coordinated with EPA and local communities to leverage the CWA 319 nonpoint source (NPS) program for surface and ground water quality protection planning in drinking water supply areas.

We hope you will attend!

AWWA Webinar on Funding Mechanisms for Source Water Protection Programs

AWWA-logoOn Wednesday, September 20th, from 1:00pm – 2:30pm (eastern), AWWA will host a webinar on “Funding Mechanisms for Source Water Protection Programs.”  Webinar participants will learn how to make a case for creating a permanent source water protection reserve account and how to set up a reserve account to enable long-term land acquisition, conservation easements, land use best management practices, monitoring, education, and other critical source water protection projects.  The cost of the webinar is $75.00 for AWWA members and $120.00 for nonmembers.  For more information and to register, visit AWWA’s website.

NALMS Publishes Source Water Protection Position Statement and White Paper

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The North American Lake Management Society (NALMS) has posted its “Position on Source Water Protection” and associated white paper on its website. NALMS is a member of the Source Water Collaborative (along with 26 other organizations including ASDWA) and its mission is to forge partnerships among citizens, scientists, and professionals to foster the management and protection of lakes and reservoirs for today and tomorrow. The new position statement and white paper provide information about the importance of source water protection; the six components of a successful source water protection program (as outlined in the ANSI/AWWA Standard G300); and more. To read the position statement and white paper, go to the NALMS website.

Healthy Watersheds Consortium Grant Program Announces New RFP and Webinars

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The Healthy Watersheds Consortium (HWC) Grant Program has posted its 2018 Request for Proposals (RFP).  Up to $3 million is available this year and applications are due by February 1, 2018. The goal of the grant program is to accelerate strategic protection of healthy, freshwater ecosystems and their watersheds by:

  • Developing funding mechanisms, plans, or other strategies to implement large-scale watershed protection, source water protection, green infrastructure, or related landscape conservation objectives;
  • Building the sustainable organizational infrastructure, social support, and long-term funding commitments necessary to implement large-scale protection of healthy watersheds; and
  • Supporting innovative or catalytic projects that may accelerate funding for or implementation of watershed protection efforts, or broadly advance this field of practice.

For more information, visit the website and plan to attend the following webinars.

  • On Tuesday, September 26th from 2:00pm – 3:00pm (eastern), the HWC Grant Program will host a webinar entitled, “Peaks to People Water Fund: Lessons learned in the proof of concept phase and demonstration of the Watershed Investment Tool,” to share information about how these 2016 grant recipients helped to accelerate forest restoration in Colorado to reduce the threat of severe wildfire in watersheds.  Register here.
  • On Wednesday, October 11th from 2:00pm – 3:30pm (eastern), the HWC Grant Program will host an informational webinar to provide an overview of priorities for the 2018 program and allow participants to ask questions.  Registration is limited and a recording will be posted on the website within one day for anyone who misses it. Register here.

 

Video Recording of CWA-SDWA Webinar and New Case Study Now Available on ASDWA’s Website

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ASDWA has now posted the video recording of the August 29th Clean Water Act – Safe Drinking Water Act (CWA-SDWA) Webinar entitled, “Creative Uses of Clean Water Funding for Drinking Water Benefits,” featuring stories from Virginia and Washington, along with a new case study from Rhode Island on its website.

  • The August 29th ASDWA webinar highlights how the Virginia and Washington Drinking Water Programs and the Skagit Public Utilities District (in Washington) 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.
  • The Rhode Island case study shares how the Rhode Island Department of Environmental Management, in partnership with the Rhode Island Infrastructure Bank, has administered three Clean Water State Revolving Fund loans for purchasing land within critical drinking water watersheds throughout the state to protect source waters.

For more information about state CWA-SDWA efforts, and to view the webinar recording and case study, go to ASDWA’s website.