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.

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.

The Nature Conservancy Publishes Source Water Protection Benefits Report

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The Nature Conservancy has published a report entitled, Beyond The Source: The environmental, economic and community benefits of source water protection in partnership with the Natural Capital Project, Forest Trends, the Inter-American Development Bank and the Latin American Water Funds Partnership.  The report discusses the benefits of healthy source waters as vital natural infrastructure for water quality and quantity, biodiversity conservation, climate change adaptation and mitigation, food security, and human health and well-being.  The report also analyzes investment costs and co-benefits for protection and restoration activities and best management practices at local and global scales, using examples from cities in the U.S. and across the globe.

New State Water Agency Practices for Climate Adaptation on EPA’s Website

New state water agency practices for climate adaptation are now available on EPA’s website.  The compilation of these practices is the result of a collaborative effort by ASDWA, the Association of Clean Water Administrators (ACWA), the Association of State Wetland Managers (ASWM), and EPA’s Office of Water.  ASDWA would like to give a big “thank you” to those states that contributed to this effort both this year and last year.  New state practices this year come from Arizona, Colorado, Massachusetts, Minnesota, New Hampshire, New Mexico, Oregon, and Washington, and we would like to add more in the future.  Two of the practices that should be of particular interest to state drinking water programs include New Hampshire’s Drinking Water Program Climate Resilience Program, and Oregon’s Harmful Algal Bloom Strategy.  For more information and to view the practices, visit the EPA website HERE.

EPA Publishes Water Conservation and Efficiency Best Practices for Water Supply Assessment

EPA has published a document that provides water conservation and efficiency best practices for evaluating water supply projects.  The document is entitled, “Best Practices to Consider When Evaluating Water Conservation and Efficiency as an Alternative for Water Supply Expansion (PDF).”

The purpose is to help water utilities, as well as Federal and state governments, carry out assessments of the potential for future water conservation and efficiency savings to avoid or minimize the need for new water supply development.  The document includes some basic background information, along with best practices and case studies in the following categories:

  1. Water System Management: Supply Side and Demand Side Accounting
  2. Water Loss Minimization: Leak Management
  3. Metering
  4. Conservation Rate Structure
  5. End Use Water Conservation and Efficiency Analysis
  6. Water Conservation and Efficiency Plan

There is also an appendix with a deliverables chart for quantifying actions taken in each category.  For more information, visit EPA’s website.