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.

Water Deeply Article on New Mexico Water Authority $1M Investment to Protect Headwaters

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Water Deeply, an online news publication, has published an article entitled, “New Mexico Water Agency Finds Innovative Way to Protect Headwaters.” The article highlights how the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Water Utility Authority in New Mexico just donated $1 million to help protect the land in its headwaters.  This money is being pledged to the Rio Grande Water Fund, a consortium of partners who’s goal it is to protect the San Juan-Chama and Rio Grande watershed lands from catastrophic forest fires.  The fund is used for forest restoration projects on about 600,000 forested acres in the headwaters that provide drinking water for about half the state’s population.  Read the article here.

Register Now for the ASDWA CWA-SDWA Webinar: Creative Uses of Clean Water Funding for Drinking Water Benefits

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Date:  Tuesday, August 29, 2017

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

REGISTER HERE

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.

June 22 AWRA Webinar on Online Source Water Quality Monitoring for Drinking Water Applications

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This Thursday, the American Water Resources Association (AWRA) is hosting a free webinar about EPA’s guidance document entitled, “Online Source Water Quality Monitoring For Water Quality Surveillance and Response Systems.”  During the webinar, Steve Allgeier of EPA will discuss the systematic process for designing an effective online source water monitoring system to help detect water quality incidents (e.g. spills and harmful algal blooms), optimize treatment processes, and characterize long-term trends.

Date:  Thursday, June 22, 2017
Time:  1:00pm (eastern)

Webinar participants will learn best practices on how to:

  • Identify source water threats and assess risks
  • Select water quality parameters and monitoring locations
  • Design water quality monitoring stations
  • Design information management systems to support data analysis
  • Develop procedures to respond to unusual source water quality conditions

Seating is limited – Register here!

 

EPA Water Quality Modeling Webinar

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On Wednesday July 12th from 1:00pm – 3:00pm (eastern), EPA’s Water Modeling Workgroup will host a webinar titled “Introduction to WASP,” as part of its webinar series to help water quality professionals better understand surface water quality modeling and how models can be used to solve common problems that face water quality regulators. These webinars are focused on modeling as it applies to the Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL), Standards, and Water Quality Permitting Programs, but they are applicable to a wide range of audiences, including state source water protection program staff.  This webinar will introduce the Water Quality Analysis Simulation Program (WASP) water quality model. WASP enables users to interpret and predict water quality responses to natural phenomena and manmade pollution for various pollution management decisions. The webinar will also highlight how this tool is being used by several states and others for their TMDL, nonpoint source, and municipal stormwater programs.

REGISTER HERE

 

New SWC Learning Exchange Resources on Source Water Protection and Emergency Planning

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As part of the Source Water Collaborative’s (SWC) ongoing Learning Exchange, the website now provides a series of new resources to help link source water protection to emergency planning. This was a key recommended action identified in the SWC’s Call to Action, and is part of an effort, along with the June 6th webinar, to share a set of comprehensive resources on this topic.

The new SWC Learning Exchange Resources include:

  • June 6th Webinar Recording: The recorded webinar from June 6th that shares lessons learned from the November 2016 spill on the Potomac River and how to improve planning for emergency preparedness and response, featuring speakers from Association of State Drinking Water Administrators (ASDWA), Fairfax Water and the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments.
  • Early Warning Systems: A featured story on Pennsylvania’s early warning systems.
  • Resource Links: Links to resources such as a methodology from the Water Research Foundation for locating and managing dynamic potential contaminant data, U.S. Geological Survey’s (USGS) Health-Based Screening Levels, and much more.

To view these and other resources, visit the SWC Learning Exchange webpage at:  http://sourcewatercollaborative.org/connect-with-others/learningexchange/.

 

 

 

 

Don’t Forget to Register for June 6th SWC Learning Exchange Webinar

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Date:  Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Time:  2:00pm – 3:00pm (eastern)

Registration Link

The Source Water Collaborative (SWC) will host a webinar entitled, “Linking Source Water Protection and Emergency Preparedness and Response.”  The webinar is part of the SWC’s Learning Exchange that includes a series of webinars such as this one, along with available resources, case studies, stories, and social media messages on a variety of source water protection related topics. This webinar will leverage the case study from the spill on the Potomac River (in Virginia) in November 2016 to provide recommendations for a variety of participants including water utilities, and federal, state, and local governments.

During the webinar, Alan Roberson (Source Water Collaborative Steering Committee Co-Chair and Executive Director of ASDWA) will provide some opening remarks, and Greg Prelewicz (Fairfax Water) and Steve Beiber (MWCOG) will provide a presentation about the Potomac River spill incident and lessons learned, and answer audience questions.  Participants will learn:

  • How to link source water protection and emergency preparedness and response
  • What worked and what didn’t work during/after the spill
  • How lessons learned can improve planning for emergency preparedness and response

For more information about the webinar, see the attached handout.  And stay tuned…new materials and resources on this topic will be posted on the SWC Learning Exchange web page in the near future.

SWC Learning Exchange Webinar on Linking Source Water Protection and Emergency Preparedness and Response

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Date:  Tuesday, June 6, 2017

Time:  2:00pm – 3:00pm (eastern)

Registration Link

The Source Water Collaborative (SWC) will host a webinar entitled, “Linking Source Water Protection and Emergency Preparedness and Response.”  The webinar is part of the SWC’s Learning Exchange that includes a series of webinars such as this one, along with available resources, case studies, stories, and social media messages on a variety of source water protection related topics. This webinar will leverage the case study from the spill on the Potomac River (in Virginia) in November 2016 to provide recommendations for a variety of participants including water utilities, and federal, state, and local governments.

During the webinar, Alan Roberson (Source Water Collaborative Steering Committee Co-Chair and Executive Director of ASDWA) will provide some opening remarks, and Greg Prelewicz (Fairfax Water) and Steve Beiber (MWCOG) will provide a presentation about the Potomac River spill incident and lessons learned, and answer audience questions.  Participants will learn:

  • How to link source water protection and emergency preparedness and response
  • What worked and what didn’t work during/after the spill
  • How lessons learned can improve planning for emergency preparedness and response

For more information about the webinar, see the attached handout.  And stay tuned…new materials and resources on this topic will be posted on the SWC Learning Exchange web page in the near future.

EPA’s Water Finance Center Hosts Stormwater Finance Webinar Series 

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EPA’s Water Infrastructure and Resiliency Finance Center is hosting a stormwater finance webinar series in collaboration with the Water Environment Federation. This webinar series will explore both traditional stormwater financing strategies as well as new and innovative approaches. Each webinar will provide a deep-dive, technical overview of specific successful and leading-edge examples of how communities have supported their stormwater programs. The next webinar is planned as follows with additional webinars to be announced soon.

  • May 23, 2017– 2:00-3:00pm ET – Washington DC’s Stormwater Retention Credit Program Register for webinar

For more information, visit: https://www.epa.gov/waterfinancecenter/leading-edge-stormwater-financing-webinars

 

Next Week is Drinking Water Week!

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Next week, on May 7-13, Drinking Water Week will once again provide a great opportunity for state drinking water programs, water utilities, and others to promote the value of drinking water for public health protection and economic benefits. This year’s theme is “Your Water:  to know it is to love it.” Of course, knowing the source of your drinking water is the first step in ensuring its safety. So this provides all of us a unique opportunity to join together in recognizing the vital role we all play in protecting drinking water too.  The Source Water Collaborative will be promoting its efforts on social media throughout the week and we hope you do too! Do you have events planned in your state for this special week?  Has your governor made a proclamation?  Please help ASDWA by sharing information with us about your Drinking Water Week activities by contacting Deirdre Mason of ASDWA at dmason@asdwa.org.  We hope you enjoy celebrating!