AASHTO-ASDWA Webinar:  How State Highway and Drinking Water Programs Can Work Together for Mutual Benefits and Reduce Impacts from Road Salt

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Date:  Thursday, March 8, 2018

Time:  2:00 to 3:30 pm (eastern)

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The American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) Center for Environmental Excellence (CEE) and the Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA) are pleased to announce a free webinar entitled, “How State Highway and Drinking Water Programs Can Work Together for Mutual Benefits and Reduce Impacts from Road Salt.” The webinar will include an introduction from AASHTO, a brief presentation about ASDWA’s new handout and web page on the “Intersection of Roads and Drinking Water,” and feature presentations from representatives for each of the state programs in New Hampshire and Maryland, who will share how they work together, along with a few examples and some more specific information on best practices for road salt applications and impacts to drinking water. State drinking water program and state highway program personnel are encouraged to attend, along with anyone else who is interested and would like to participate.

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EPA Seeks Comments on Clean Water Act Coverage of Groundwater Discharge Connections to Surface Water

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On February 20th, EPA published a Federal Register Notice asking for comments on whether point source discharges, that have a direct hydrologic connection to jurisdictional surface waters via groundwater or other subsurface flow, should be subject to Clean Water Act regulation. EPA is requesting comment on whether the Agency should consider clarification or revision of those statements and if so, comment on how clarification or revision should be provided. Comments are due on or before May 21, 2018. Comments must be submitted at http://www.regulations.gov using Docket ID No. EPA-HQ-OW-2018-0063. For more information, view the Federal Register Notice. For questions, contact Scott Wilson of EPA at (202) 564-6087 or wilson.js@epa.gov. For some more perspective, read this Earth & Water Law Group Article.

CDC’s Safe Well Water e-Learning Series for Public Health Programs

 

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CDC’s Safe Water Program Improvement e-Learning Series (SWPI) helps health department programs strengthen services to people that use wells, cisterns, springs, and other private drinking water systems not covered by the Safe Drinking Water Act. Oversight for these systems vary, but core elements of successful, sustainable programs are similar. SWPI walks through the 10 Essential Environmental Public Health Services and the Environmental Public Health Performance Standards and provides examples of using them to identify and fill program gaps in these types of drinking water programs. This is a free program that requires you to set up an account and includes nine different courses that take approximately one to two hours to complete. For more information, visit CDC’s website.

EPA Fact Sheet on Funding Agricultural BMPs with CWSRF

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EPA has published a fact sheet on how the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) can be used for agricultural best management practices (BMPs) to protect water quality, including drinking water sources. The fact sheet shares information about the types of projects that can be funded, along with state examples highlighting the Maryland and Virginia Farm Credit Banks that can provide financing to farmers for the entire cost of a project and can be partially repaid by a USDA grant; and the Minnesota Ag BMP Loan Program that has used CWSRF funds for over 13,000 projects by leveraging funding from the state and other sources. State drinking water programs are encouraged to reach out to their Clean Water Act program partners to discuss CWSRF funding options like this (if you haven’t already) that may be used to implement BMPs in sensitive source water protection areas. View the fact sheet here.  For more information about other uses of the CWSRF, you may also want to read through EPA’s document entitled “Financing Options for Nontraditional Eligibilities in the CWSRF Programs“.

Register Now for AWWA’s Sustainable Water Management Conference

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AWWA’s Sustainable Water Management Conference is being held on March 25-28, 2018 in Seattle and ASDWA is co-sponsoring a technical session this year on Sunday, March 25th entitled “Harness the Power of the Clean Water Act to Protect Sources of Drinking Water.” The session will feature national, state, and local leaders who will speak about their efforts to leverage regulatory programs and funding mechanisms of the Clean Water Act to protect sources of drinking water and using the Safe Drinking Water Act to advance watershed goals.

The conference brings together water sector organizations and professionals to discuss critical matters related to resilient and efficient water management. Attendees will gain insights into best practices for managing water resources, source water protection, sustainable utility planning, analyzing the costs and benefits of water conservation and exploring alternative water sources including stormwater and reuse. The early registration deadline is February 23rd. For more information and to view the program and register for the conference, visit the AWWA website.

US Water Prize 2018 Nomination Period Now Open

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The US Water Alliance has opened the nomination period for the 2018 US Water Prize and the deadline for applications is March 8, 2018. The US Water Prize is awarded annually, and celebrates outstanding achievement in the advancement of sustainable, integrated, and inclusive solutions to our nation’s water challenges. It is a national recognition program for exemplary efforts to secure a sustainable water future for all. Prize categories for 2018 include public, private, and non-profit organizations, and two categories for outstanding individuals. Winners of the US Water Prize will be recognized and announced during the Water Prize Ceremony at the US Water Alliance’s One Water Summit 2018 in the Twin Cities, July 10-12.  Previous winners include some water utilities and the Salmon Falls Watershed Collaborative. For more information and to submit a nomination by March 8th, visit the website here.

 

EFCN Webinar on Resiliency Planning for Small Water Systems

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The Environmental Finance Center Network (EFCN) will host a free webinar next Tuesday, February 13th from 2:30 to 3:30 pm (eastern) entitled “Resiliency Planning 101.” This webinar will offer definitions of community and utility resiliency in the context of disaster preparedness, recovery, and proactive planning measures. Resiliency enables communities and utilities to remain economically and socially viable in the face of extreme weather or economic events. Register here.

AWWA Webinar on Leveraging Private Capital to Protect Source Waters

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AWWA will host a webinar on April 4th from 1:00 to 2:30 pm (eastern) entitled “Leverage Private Capital to Protect Source Waters.” During the webinar, participants will hear how healthy forests can reduce costs to municipalities, utilities, and water-dependent companies by ensuring clean and abundant water supplies and by reducing the risk of catastrophic wildfires and floods. A brief overview of the state of the science, research, and analysis of the importance of source water protection will be given, and case studies of other utilities’ experiences will be offered. The cost is $75.00 for members and $125.00 for non-members. Register for the webinar here.