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Living River Project RWRD
  • Pima County’s ‘Living River Project’ Heralds Robust Improvement in Wetland Health

    Nov 06, 2018
    Through the Living River Project, NACWA Member Agency the Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department (RWRD) raises the public’s awareness about improvement in the riparian ecosystem health of the Santa Cruz River in Pima County, AZ. The Project—through written annual reports, e-media, public outreach activities, and school outings—has become an inventive tool for educating people about the effects of wastewater treatment on local wetlands. It uses an innovative approach to...


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Clean Water Current

  • NACWA Urges EPA to Provide Clarification, Flexibility with Blending Rule

    Nov 06, 2018
    NACWA provided written comments to EPA on October 31 regarding the Agency’s development of a proposed rule on peak wet weather flow blending. The comments emphasized the public health and environmental benefits of treating all wet weather flows at the treatment plant with blending and reducing upstream overflows and basement backups.
  • Bipartisan Low-Income Water Assistance Bill Officially Unveiled

    Nov 06, 2018
    The Low-Income Water Customer Assistance Programs Act (S.3564) was formally unveiled October 31 at a press conference in Baltimore by Sen. Cardin (D-MD). Baltimore Director of Public Works Rudy Chow, a NACWA Board Member, spoke at the event alongside Sen. Cardin, Baltimore Mayor Catherine E. Pugh, and other local officials and stakeholders. Sen. Cardin and his Republican cosponsor, Sen. Wicker (R-MS) issued a joint press release to mark the occasion.
  • Integrated Water and Stormwater Infrastructure Symposium Held In DC

    Nov 06, 2018
    The National Council for Public-Private Partnerships (NCPPP) teamed up with EPA on November 1 to hold a one-day symposium tailored to understanding how public-private partnerships (P3s) can be an effective means of leveraging resources and funding opportunities for municipal stormwater infrastructure.
  • Energy Secretary Perry Announces Grand Challenge for Water-Energy Sectors at Water Summit

    Oct 30, 2018
    Department of Energy Secretary Rick Perry kicked off the 2018 American Water Summit on October 25 by announcing a “grand challenge” to spur innovation in the water-energy nexus space through competition. Though few details were provided, NACWA was expecting the announcement and had worked with its water sector partners for weeks to help craft the component of the grand challenge that applies to wastewater.

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NACWA Welcomes its Newest Members of FY2019

As the premiere Association for connecting utility leaders peer-to-peer, NACWA remains dedicated to its mission of “Every Utility a Member!” NACWA’s continued membership growth is itself a great benefit to existing members, as each new agency–varying in size, region and demographic makeup–strengthens the collective networking, advocacy and influence of all. As we look forward to sharing the challenges, solutions and best practices of our diverse membership, NACWA is pleased to welcome the following new members to the Association.

Pima County's 'Living River Project' Heralds Robust Improvement in Wetland Health

Through the Living River Project, NACWA Member Agency the Pima County Regional Wastewater Reclamation Department (RWRD) raises the public’s awareness about improvement in the riparian ecosystem health of the Santa Cruz River in Pima County, AZ. The project is built around an annual report series entitled, A Living River, which documents dramatic change in wetland health following upgrades of two Wastewater Reclamation Facilities (WRFs).

Not Too Late to Register for Next Weeks' National Clean Water Law and Enforcement Seminar

Coming next week! Join us in sunny San Diego for the National Clean Water Law & Enforcement Seminar—the only event of its kind, focused specifically on clean water law and enforcement issues. Clean water attorneys, professionals, and utility leaders can stay warm in SD's famous Gaslamp Quarter, while addressing the critical legal and regulatory issues impacting today's utilities—and learn from some of the top clean water legal experts in the country (see agenda). It's still not too late to register, make plans today!

2019 Water & Wastewater Leadership Center Now Accepting Applications

Celebrating its 17th year of executive education designed specifically for water and wastewater professionals, The Water & Wastewater Leadership Center returns to the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill's Kenan-Flagler Business School, for its 2019 offering on April 28 – May 10.  Applications are now being accepted for the class of 2019.

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