E&W Blog

April 25, 2017

Sharing and Shaping the Future of EHS2 Compliance

“Sharing and Shaping the Future of Effective EHS2 Compliance” was the theme of Earth & Water Group’s EHS2 Spring Roundtable attended by EHS leaders from over 15 organizations on April 18 in Washington. E&W Spring Newsletter offers more details and insight into EHS2 compliance, regulatory trends, and enforcement risks. Recognizing that 2017 is shaping up […]
April 20, 2017

Water Desal Has a Major New Champion

Historically, one of the biggest obstacles to deploying desalination technologies has been opposition by environmental groups.   This is all about to change now that desal has a BIG and powerful new champion.  According to media reports, former Sen. Barbara Boxer, one of the nation’s most ardent environmentalists,  has taken a position with Poseidon Water, […]
April 18, 2017

Regulatory Reform at U.S. EPA Under Way

EPA has made some moves on the Regulatory Reform Effort. On February 24th the President issued an Executive Order (EO 13777) requiring a report by mid-May from each Government department or agency proposing the roll back of unduly burdensome federal regulations. This EO operates in concert with EO 13771 (February 3, 2017) which directs all agencies […]
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

Corporate EHS Programs Under Increased Scrutiny

Linking to a recent story in Bloomberg chronicling several recent tragic worker fatalities and injuries in the U.S. auto parts manufacturing sector, titled “Inside Alabama’s Auto Jobs Boom: Cheap Wages, Little Training, Crushed Limbs – The South’s manufacturing renaissance comes with a heavy price.  Reports like this reinforce that “government oversight” is not the only […]
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 26, 2017

Top Areas of Environmental Reform in Trump Era

The Environmental Law Institute this week issued a new report identifying where the action is going to be in the Trump Administration with regard to environmental policy.  Here is ELI’s list of those areas – the report can be found in its entirety ELI Report – Reg Reform in Trump Era: FACT SHEET 1: Reversing […]
March 15, 2017

UNC Environmental Finance Center Issues Report on P3s – Evaluates 9 Case Studies

This week the UNC Environmental Finance Center, under the leadership of Jeff Hughes, released a report highlighting 9 different P3s within the water sector as an alternative delivery model to the traditional approach.   Jeff and his team are doing some really good work in this space.  Here is a summary and link to the […]
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 […]
March 1, 2017

Workshop on Maryland Nutrient Trading/Tracking (MNTT) Maryland Department of Agriculture March 15, 1-4 p.m. at Chesapeake College, Wye Mills, MD

The Agricultural Certainty and Trading Programs use the state-specific version, the Maryland Nutrient Trading/Tracking Tool or MNTT, of the multi-state platform known as the Chesapeake Bay Trading/Tracking Tool or CBNTT to determine baseline eligibility and/or credit generation capacity.  MDA has just completed a re-calibration of the MNTT to reflect the updated APEX model and some […]