A group of Senators has introduced legislation that could stop more than $15 billion of water projects and increase the accountability for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Senators Robert Smith (R-N.H.), Russell Feingold (D-Wis.) and John McCain (R-Ariz.) have introduced the Corps of Engineers Modernization and Improvement Act of 2002, in what could be the biggest battle over perceived “pork barrel” spending in years.
In February, several Illinois towns including Lisle/Woodridge, Naperville and Downers Grove, faced the reality of well contamination from trichloroethylene (TCE) and tetrachloroethylene (PCE), industrial solvents and possible carcinogens used to remove grease from fabricated metal parts. With a quote of up to six months needed for a geology study to find the sources, these towns faced long-lasting decisions.
Some recent news stories have brought the issue of who is going to pay for America's aging infrastructure back in focus. The bottom line is that cities hoping for a Federal bailout are badly mistaken. The burden appears to be on the people and businesses that are located in their neighborhoods.
A watershed protection approach focuses on water resources giving a more complete understanding of overall conditions in an area and the problems that affect those conditions.
January 2002 Editorial
Now is the time to make our new year?s resolutions. How can we make some informed resolutions for our businesses? Why, by listening to the people in the trenches?to industry members themselves.
Although in October, the IBWA had seen only a slight increase in sales overall since the attacks, individual companies have reported increased sales since Sept. 11. This partly is due to bottled water being named as one of the must-have items in case of further terrorism.
Lingering concerns over the economy remain high on everyone’s minds. With 2002 just a short time away, financial analysts already are predicting what the year will look like for our nation – some are positive and some make you want to horde your money in your mattress.
As with the toy industry, the water industry also proves to have some hot items.