water quality

January 8, 2018

Collaboration With Farmers Key to Source Water Protection

Congress has a unique opportunity this year to encourage and incentivize collaborative efforts between water utilities and upstream farmers.  Reposting below a great article by David LaFrance, CEO of the American Water Works Association. Reposted from Journal AWWA Jan. 2018 Open Channel DAVID B. LaFRANCE, CHIEF EXECUTIVE OFFICER When we sit down for dinner each […]
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 […]
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, […]
April 27, 2017

Pew Research Issues New Study on Flint Water Crisis

Just Google the term “Flint Water Crisis” and you’ll generate 1.6 million hits.  It’s a story that has gripped the Nation since it first unfolded in 2015.  News spread like wildfire over social media and the mainstream news, and government officials who responded too slow quickly became overtaken by the story. Even before the water […]
January 2, 2017

Community Wins $22M Against Shell Oil for Contaminated Water Supply

A jury awarded $22M to a community near Fresno, California for a chemical contaminant found in its public drinking water wells.  The contaminant, known as TCP (1,2,3-trichloropropane), was an impurity found in a soil fumigant manufactured by Shell used to control soil nematodes.  The contamination effected water wells in an agricultural area serving 108,000 people […]
August 31, 2016

EPA Inspector General Launches Investigation Into EPA Oversight of State Drinking Water

This week EPA’s Inspector General’s Office sent a letter to Joel Beauvais, head of EPA’s office of water, and Cynthia Giles, EPA’s enforcement office, advising the Agency’s leadership of its plan to begin evaluating the effectiveness of EPA’s oversight of state drinking water quality programs, particularly the reporting of drinking water sampling.  The OIG letter, which can […]
March 24, 2016

WEF and DC Water Team Up to Launch New Green Infrastructure Certification Program

Program slated to grant certifications in 2017 DC Water (Washington, D.C.) and the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) on Feb. 8 announced they will create a National Green Infrastructure Certification Program (NGICP) to certify individuals who install, inspect, and maintain green infrastructure systems. “WEF and DC Water are providing the leadership for the program,” […]
February 27, 2016

Earth & Water Joins Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay's Businesses for the Bay "B4B" to Promote Restoration of the Bay

Earth & Water Group is excited to join as a founding member of Businesses for the Bay (B4B), an inspiring new initiative by the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay that encourages businesses within the Chesapeake Bay watershed to take voluntary and measurable actions to support protection and restoration of the Chesapeake Bay and help the public understand the […]