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.

 

 

 

EPA HABS Webinar on Treatment, Communications, and Management

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On Tuesday, June 27th from 2:00pm to 3:30pm (eastern), EPA’s Office of Research and Development (ORD) will host a webinar entitled, “Harmful Algal Blooms: Treatment, Risk Communications Toolbox, and Management Plans,” as part of the EPA Small Drinking Water Systems Webinar Series.  During the webinar, EPA presenters will:

  • Share information about multiple EPA tools that facilitate proactive planning for harmful algal blooms, including the support document Recommendations for Public Water Systems to Manage Cyanotoxins in Drinking Water and the Cyanotoxin Management Plan Temple and Example Plans.
  • Provide a brief overview of drinking water treatment options for cyanobacteria and their toxins, focusing on the impacts of permanganate addition to suspensions of toxin-producing Microcystis aeruginosa, followed by powdered activated carbon addition.

Register for the webinar here

USGS Finds Unconventional Oil and Gas Production Not Currently Affecting Drinking Water Quality in Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas

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A new study by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) shows that unconventional oil and gas production in some areas of Arkansas, Louisiana, and Texas is not currently a significant source of methane or benzene to drinking water wells. These production areas include the Eagle Ford, Fayetteville, and Haynesville shale formations, which are some of the largest sources of natural gas in the country and have trillions of cubic feet of gas.

This is the first study in these areas to systematically determine the presence of benzene and methane in drinking water wells near unconventional oil and gas production areas in relation to the age of the groundwater.  Age-dating indicates groundwater in wells is often several thousand years old suggesting decades or longer may be needed to fully assess the effects of unconventional oil and gas production on the quality of groundwater used for drinking water.  For more information, see the USGS Technical Announcement.

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.

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)

REGISTER HERE

 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.

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 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.

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

 

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.

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!