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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

  • Water Infrastructure Positioned as Potential Priority in New Congress

    Nov 14, 2018
    (November 14, 2018) – After a long mid-term election season, last week’s election results produced what most polling had predicted: a takeover of the House of Representatives by Democrats and a strengthening of Republican control of the Senate. This outcome will present the first time that there will be a party split between the two congressional chambers since 2014.
  • High Court Accelerates Consideration of Groundwater Litigation Petitions

    Nov 14, 2018
    Does the release of a pollutant that reaches groundwater and thereafter enters a Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdictional surface water constitute a “point source” discharge, thus triggering the requirement for a CWA National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit? On November 30, the U.S. Supreme Court will determine if it should weigh in on this issue.
  • NACWA Highlights California Toxicity Policy During Water Quality Committee Discussion

    Nov 14, 2018
    NACWA’s Water Quality Committee held a conference call on November 9 to discuss new issues and updates on a variety of key water quality issues around the country. The Committee highlighted one issue in particular — California’s statewide toxicity provisions and the 2018 Draft Water Quality Control Plan for Inland Surface Waters, Enclosed Bays, and Estuaries; and Toxicity Provisions. The California State Water Resources Control Board (State Water Board) is proposing to adopt statewide numeric water quality objectives for acute and chronic toxicity that would apply to all inland surface waters.
  • EPA Honors NACWA Members for Excellence and Innovation in Clean Water Infrastructure

    Nov 14, 2018
    The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recognized 30 clean water infrastructure projects last week for excellence and innovation within the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) program, and NACWA members were among the honorees.

NACWA Connect

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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