US Water Alliance Publishes Equitable Water Management Paper

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The US Water Alliance has released a comprehensive briefing paper on the connections between water management and vulnerable communities living in America entitled, “An Equitable Water Future.”  The report demonstrates how water challenges affect affordability, environmental and social justice, economic development, health, safety, and more. These challenges are often felt more acutely by disadvantaged communities, whether by geographic, economic, or racial status. The paper presents a framework that can move the nation forward, focused on three pillars of equitable water management:

  1. Ensure all people have access to clean, safe, affordable water service;
  2. Maximize the community and economic benefits of water infrastructure investment; and,
  3. Foster community resilience in the face of a changing climate.

The entire paper is available online here.  For questions, please contact Abigail Gardner of US Water Alliance at agardner@uswateralliance.org or 412-421-0809.

 

 

 

National Academies Webinar on Climate Risk Resilience in U.S. Cities and Towns

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Date:  Thursday, May 25, 2017

Time:  2:00pm (eastern)

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 On Thursday, May 25th at 2:00pm, the National Academies will host a webinar entitled, “Climate Risk Resilience in U.S. Cities and Towns:  Current Processes and Emerging Trends.” The webinar will:  review and assess city-level activities, define key concerns that city stakeholders and practitioners have regarding climate resiliency, and evaluate significant challenges and opportunities that they face; and examine the role of science-policy linkages, co-production strategies, city-level knowledge networks, and federal-state-municipal connections.  In addition, a case study of post-Hurricane Sandy New York and the extended urban Northeast U.S. will be used to illustrate these points.

EPA Webinar on Global Change Explorer Web Tools

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On Wednesday, May 31 from 2:00pm – 3:00pm (eastern), EPA’s Safe and Sustainable Water Resources research program will host a webinar about its Global Change Explorer collection of web tools that allow visualization, comparison, and access to spatial data that describe potential future environmental change. These data can serve as a starting point to assess the vulnerability of air, water, ecosystems, and human health to climate change, land use change, and other large-scale environmental stressors. The data and tools are relevant across multiple scientific disciplines and environmental media, providing a foundation for integrated assessment of global change.

During the webinar, presenters from EPA’s Office of Research and Development will provide an overview of the three web tools – Land Use, Watersheds, and Deposition — that comprise the Global Change Explorer.  REGISTER HERE

For more information about EPA’s Safe and Sustainable Water Resources research program, view its Research Action Plan.

USGS Publishes National Brackish Groundwater Assessment

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USGS has published a new study that suggests brackish groundwater could help stretch limited freshwater supplies. This study found that the amount of brackish groundwater underlying the country is more than 800 times the amount currently used each year. With issues like drought, groundwater depletion, dwindling freshwater supplies, and demand for groundwater expected to continue to rise, understanding brackish groundwater supplies can help determine whether they can supplement or replace taxed freshwater sources in water-stressed areas. Although this assessment can’t answer all of the questions related to sustainable use, it represents a starting point for identifying the gaps in our knowledge and for directing research to locations where further study would be most beneficial. View the report and press release HERE.

AWWA is Accepting Abstracts for 2018 Sustainable Water Management Conference

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AWWA wishes to invite authors and experts in the field to submit abstracts on a variety of sustainability topics for its Sustainable Water Management Conference being held March 25-28, 2018 in Seattle, Washington.  Abstract topics may include:

  • Water Resources Planning & Management
  • Water & Energy Efficiency
  • Sustainable Utilities & Infrastructure Resiliency
  • Water Conservation Programs
  • Climate Change Mitigation & Adaption

The abstract submission deadline is Friday, July 14, 2017.  For a detailed list of abstract topics and more information, visit the website HERE.

 

EPA Webinar on Free Emergency Preparedness Resources for Water Utilities

 

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On May 3, 2017 from 1:00pm – 2:00pm (eastern), EPA’s Water Security Division will host a webinar on free preparedness tools and resources for drinking water and wastewater utilities, including the new Route to Resilience (RtoR) Tool.  The webinar will benefit water utility operators and managers, state and tribal primacy agencies, drinking water and wastewater utility stakeholders, and water utility partners and associations.  REGISTER HERE.  Links and instructions will be sent to participants via email prior to the event. If you have additional questions, please contact WSD-Outreach@epa.gov.

Webinar on Innovative State Water Agency Practices: Working Toward Resilience

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EPA’s Office of Water is hosting a webinar to showcase state innovative practices that build resilience into their water resource programs, as part of a collaboration with ASDWA, the Association of Clean Water Administrators, and the Association of State Wetland Managers.

DATE:              April 27, 2017

TIME:               1:00 – 3:00pm (eastern)

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This webinar will highlight three innovative state initiatives that address novel stressors and improve the resilience of program operations. These examples are drawn from the Innovative State Water Agency Practices database, which includes additional practices on EPA’s website.

EPA Publishes New Route to Resilience Tool

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EPA has published its new Route to Resilience (RtoR) tool that will help small and medium sized drinking water and wastewater utilities learn more about becoming resilient to all-hazards such as floods, tornadoes, hurricanes and contamination incidents.  The interactive desktop application guides utilities through 5 stops along the Route to Resilience — Assess, Plan, Train, Respond, and Recover. RtoR also provides utilities with a custom report that highlights products and tools that will help utilities on their path to resilience.  To share with your utilities and download the tool, visit EPA’s website.

Submit Your Abstracts Now for ASDWA’s 2017 Annual Conference

 

Please submit your abstract for ASDWA’s 2017 Annual Conference.  This year’s conference will be held October 17-20, 2017 at the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel in Norfolk, VA. 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:

  • Source water protection and sustainability of water supplies
  • Clean Water Act/SDWA connections, nutrient pollution, and Harmful Algal Blooms (HABs)
  • Extreme weather, water and energy efficiency, and conservation
  • Drinking water emergency preparedness and resiliency strategies and tools
  • Small systems: TMF, sustainability strategies, technologies, and compliance
  • Emerging drinking water treatment technologies and optimization of current technology
  • Workforce, operator certification, and/or technical assistance initiatives
  • SDWA implementation approaches and strategies including collaborations and partnerships
  • State revolving loan fund tools and techniques/green infrastructure strategies
  • Data management and electronic reporting
  • Distribution system issues
  • Emerging contaminants in drinking water
  • 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, 2017.

For More Information, please view the ASDWA 2017 Annual Conference Call for Papers on the ASDWA website.

EPA to Host “Working With Commercial Landscapes to Manage Irrigation” Webinar

On Thursday, March 16 at 2:00pm (eastern), EPA’s WaterSense program and the Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE) will host a webinar on Working With Commercial Landscapes to Manage Irrigation. Attendees will learn how the University of Texas at Austin (UT Austin) tracks landscape water use through live dashboard monitoring.  WaterSense will also highlight best practices for irrigation in the commercial and institutional sector, and AWE will discuss its Outdoor Water Savings Research Initiative. This webinar is free and open to the public.   Register Here.