Water Quality

October 22, 2017

According to New GAO Report, Market-Based Solutions to Address Water Pollution Need More Support

This week the Government Accountability Office issued a new report titled “Water Pollution:  Some States have Trading Programs to Help Address Nutrient Pollution, but Use Has Been Limited.” What GAO Found In 2014, 11 states had 19 nutrient credit trading programs, and trading provided flexibility for some point sources, such as wastewater treatment plants, to […]
October 13, 2017

Maryland Announces New Market-Based Approach to Accelerate Restoration of Chesapeake Bay

The Hogan Administration this week, under the leadership of Benjamin Grumbles, Secretary of Maryland’s Department of Environment, released draft regulations encouraging market-based solutions to accelerate the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay.  Significantly, the proposal would allow states to work together under an interstate trading provision to leverage greater opportunities to address interstate water pollution.  If […]
September 24, 2017

Rural Communities Contemplate the Costs and Benefits of Consolidating Water Systems

For CoBank’s Knowledge Exchange Division October 2017 When Rural Water Systems Combine Report (pdf version) When Rural Water Systems Combine Consolidation may offer benefits for the nation’s rural water industry, but it’s also triggered debate on its rationale, approaches and community impact Is consolidation in your water system’s future? Who should determine whether it’s the […]
August 11, 2017

The Internet of Water – Greater Federal Role Needed for Data Hubs and Backbone

There are many obstacles to improving water resource management in the U.S., ranging from fragmented federal and state policies and the myriad of institutional silos to the absence of a centralized resource “caretaker” and the lack of information.  However, now with the advent of big data and emerging technologies, there are increasing opportunities to produce […]
July 28, 2017

Bipartisan Efforts to Help Struggling Water Systems

Great bipartisan showing this week in the House Energy & Commerce Committee to provide much needed assistance to communities struggling to maintain safe and affordable drinking water systems.  Kudus to Chairman Walden and Ranking Member Pallone, as well as subcommittee Chair, Rep. Shimkus, and Ranking Member, Rep. Tonko, and their personal and committee staff for […]
June 29, 2017

The Kentucky Story – How One State Solved its Water Fragmentation Problem

As the States, Congress, the Administration and civic leaders grapple with aging infrastructure and rising costs associated with maintaining the nation’s 53,000 community water systems there is an increased call for more partnerships and regionalization of America’s highly fragmented water sector.  The State of Kentucky, in particular, has been a leader in the consolidation process, […]
May 17, 2017

One in Four Americans are Drinking Untested or Contaminated Water

This month, the NRDC issued a report claiming one in four Americans are drinking water that comes from untested or contaminated systems. The report also identifies 12 states which NRDC claims had the most offenses.  Overall, the report confirms what we already know.  That we have a long way to go before fixing our nation’s […]
April 15, 2017

Tapping Private Financing and Delivery to Modernize America's Federal Water Resources

Linking to a new report by Stephen Goldsmith, Harvard Kennedy School, and Jill Jamieson, Jones Lang LaSalle, titled Tapping Private Financing and Delivery to Modernize America’s Federal Water Resources.  The report looks at a host of water infrastructure, including navigation, flood management, hydropower, irrigation, drinking water and wastewater treatment. Decades of inadequate funding have resulted […]
April 10, 2017

OECD Touts Market-Based Solutions to Solving Complex Water Pollution

Linking to a new OECD report that touts water quality trading and other innovative and market-based approaches to solving water pollution from diffuse sources.  The report begins, Decades of regulation and large investments to reduce point source pollution have brought substantial gains for the economy, human health, environment and social values.  But water quality challenges […]
March 1, 2017

President Trump Issues E.O., Readying to Rescind Clean Water Rule

This week, President Trump issued an Executive Order that signals the beginning process for rescinding the Obama EPA’s rule redefining Waters of the United States under the Clean Water Act. The E.O. can be found here, but it’s included below in its entirety. Because the Rule is subject to the notice-and-comment requirements of the Administrative […]