EWQA Board Makes Progress on Web Presence

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EWQA
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Directors enhance website, improve convention opportunities for members

Since the beginning of its tenure Jan. 1, the Easter Water Quality Assn. board of directors has made strides to change the association’s marketing and online presence.

Alongside the conception of a new logo, the board organized the creation of a new website with added features and functionality. Board member contact info was provided alongside a members’ area with training materials and newsletter access.

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May 19, 2016

USDA Announces $10.7 Million Available for Water Research

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U.S. Department of Agriculture
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Funding targets critical problems in rural and agricultural watersheds

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) today announced the availability of $10.7 million in funding for research that could solve critical water problems in rural and agricultural watersheds across the United States. This funding is available through the Agriculture and Food Research Initiative (AFRI), authorized by the 2014 Farm Bill and administered by USDA's National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA).

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May 18, 2016

Foundations Join Forces to Advance Concept of One Water

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Water Environment & Reuse Foundation
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Combined research portfolio demonstrates value of used water

The Water Environment Research Foundation and the WateReuse Research Foundation announced the merger of their organizations. The new non-profit, called the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF), brings together a portfolio of research in water, wastewater and storm water, valued at more than $200 million. The merger strengthens the industry movement toward One Water, which realizes the true value of all water.

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May 17, 2016

Prescription Collection Service Diverts Drugs From Drain

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Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago
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More than 250 lb of drugs passed into MWRD's collection in less than two days

The Metropolitan Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago (MWRD) collected 257 lb of drugs for safe disposal as part of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration's (DEA) National Drug Take Back Day.

The event, held at three of MWRD's water reclamation plants (WRP) and headquarters downtown, provided a safe, convenient and responsible means for disposing of prescription drugs, while also educating the general public about the potential for abuse of medications and potential harm to the environment.

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May 16, 2016

Groundwater & Well Systems Critical to U.S. Infrastructure

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National Ground Water Assn.
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Infrastructure Week shines light on groundwater infrastructure importance May 16

Maintaining groundwater and the subsurface environment in which it exists is essential to providing comfort, security, goods and services for the U.S. economy. The National Ground Water Assn. issued that reminder leading up to the start of Infrastructure Week 2016 May 16.

Infrastructure Week tells the story of what infrastructure means to Americans. It matters, in ways big and small, to country, economy, quality of life, safety and communities.

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May 13, 2016

CoreNet Global Issues Leadership Award to The Water Council

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The Water Council
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The 2016 Economic Development Leadership Award given for the council’s water technology cluster leadership

The Water Council was named the winner of CoreNet Global’s 2016 Economic Development Leadership award for ‘Water Technology Cluster Leadership.’ CoreNet Global is a non-profit association, headquartered in Atlanta, representing 10,000 executives in 50 countries with responsibility for the real estate assets of large corporations.

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May 13, 2016

WER Shares Open Access Article for May

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Water Environment Federation
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Article explores extracellular polymeric substance use in water and wastewater treatment

The open access article for the May 2016 edition of Water Environment Research (WER) examines the use of extracellular polymeric substances (EPS) as flocculants in water and wastewater treatment.

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May 12, 2016

Approved Australia Mine Expansion Faces Court Hearing

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ABC News Australia
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Drinking water advocates claim expansion could be detrimental to water quality

Claiming potential saline increases in local water, the approval of a coal mine expansion near Lithgow, Australia will undergo a hearing in the Land and Environment Court, according to an ABC News Australia report.

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May 10, 2016

SEPTA & EPA Reach Settlement

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U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
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Pennsylvania authority to pay $117,000 for underground fuel storage tank violations

The Southeast Pennsylvania Transit Authority (SEPTA) agreed to pay a $116,843 penalty to settle alleged violations of underground storage tank regulations at five bus garages in Philadelphia, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced today.

The settlement addresses compliance with environmental regulations protecting communities and the environment from exposure to oil or potentially harmful chemicals.

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May 6, 2016

AWWA Announces ACE16 Speakers

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American Water Works Assn.
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Jim Cantore and Jay Mohr will address crowds at opening general session and water industry luncheon

The American Water Works Association announced The Weather Channel’s Jim Cantore and comedian Jay Mohr are scheduled to speak during the association’s Annual Conference and Exposition (ACE16), to be held June 19 through 22 in Chicago.

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May 3, 2016
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