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Last week, WQP, Water & Wastes Digest (W&WD), and Storm Water Solutions (SWS) editors traveled to Houston to speak with water professionals who experienced Hurricane Harvey firsthand. The effects of the storm were felt across the industry, from large wastewater treatment plants to small...

Tuesday, the White House released its budget proposal. While most of the national news has highlighted the cuts to Medicaid, Food Stamps and other programs, the cuts to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would amount a 31% decrease in funding...

It has been almost one month since we were in Orlando for the Water Quality Assn. Convention & Exposition, and we keep thinking back to our time there to develop new ideas and content for you, our readers.

Since last week, we have been sending out videos from the show floor on a...

With the doors open Wednesday, the show floor flooded with people. We had a walk of the floor and talked to a lot of great people—some new faces and others familiar. In fact we had visits from two...

Today the week begins. Just like many of you, we are in Orlando, Fla., at the Water Quality Assn. Convention & Exposition this week, and our excitement is piqued. There are plenty of great educational sessions to attend—see the...

Oh, how California’s water fortunes have turned. Just less than two years ago, in April 2015, Gov. Jerry Brown stood in an empty brown field—a field that usually was stacked with 5 or more ft of snow at that time of year—and ...

Since it was signed in May 2015, the Waters of the United States (WOTUS) definition in the Clean Water Rule (CWR) has garnered a lot of opposition. The rule was aimed at defining which waters are protected under the CWR so entities could protect them from pollution and destruction. This seems...

In drought-prone states like Arizona, nature and weather are forcing environmental agencies and utilities to turn to alternative solutions to ensure a steady water supply. This week, the Arizona Department of Environmental Quality...

It has been nearly one year since the city of Flint, Mich., retained Dr. Marc Edwards of Virginia Tech to monitor its water after his months-long study and report explaining the extent of water contamination from the Detroit River.

Now, the city’s water is testing below action levels of...

In Waukesha, Wis., a feud is brewing between the Great Lakes and Saint Lawrence Cities Initiative (GLSLC), a group of U.S. and Canadian mayors, and the Great Lakes Compact Council (GLCC), which represents states surrounding the Great Lakes.

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Last week, contamination of a drinking water system serving approximately 320,000 people befell Corpus Christi, Texas. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) placed an immediate ban on tap water use in Corpus Christi after the city...

The number of women involved in the water industry is growing - and we want to hear more about these women!

In the past, I have blogged about the changing demographics of our traditionally male-dominated industry,...

Over the past few months, social media has been filled with political posts in the U.S. People have been openly sharing their adoration or disdain for political figures, particularly the presidential candidates, and those posts have overshadowed news about the Dakota Access Pipeline.

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It's a topic that has come up at many a water treatment industry event: Many water treatment professionals are reaching retirement age. This fact brings up several conundrums: How do we attract younger people to the water industry? How can veteran water treatment professionals pass their...

The U.S. has a president elect, and whether you are in favor of his presidency or not, the world is still spinning and there is work to do in the water industry.

Concerns of contamination in public drinking water are still around and the country’s water infrastructure still needs help,...

I’m the kind of person who likes to leave his work at the desk at the end of the day, but sometimes my career bleeds its way into my personal life. Such was the case last weekend when I took a trip to The Great Pumpkin Patch in Arthur, Ill., which is considered the heart of Illinois’ Amish...

If you've ever been to the French Quarter in New Orleans, then you know the smell - the aroma of stale beer, vomit and fried food that permeates Bourbon Street and the surrounding lanes. The smell is enhanced, no doubt, by the tepid, grey puddles of water that seems to be everywhere in the...

Haiti is still grappling with the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew.  The death toll in Haiti still is not firm. Some sources indicate around 500 are dead while others estimate the toll is closer to 900. And those who survived the storm are still struggling.

Pictures after the storm...

The southeast U.S. is busy preparing for the arrival of Hurricane Matthew, which already has caused the deaths of 15 people and massive destruction as it swept across the Caribbean. According to...

This week, it's been hard to avoid the latest water quality news - from mainstream media outlets to my Facebook feed, everyone is talking about the Environmental Working Group's (EWG) latest report on...