DENVER, JULY 13, 2017 — The Water Research Foundation has launched a new project to improve the resiliency of water utilities, specifically around infrastructure needs. The project, Resilient Water Infrastructure: Improving Understanding and Assessing Needs(#4707), will gather information from regions and municipalities (both small and large) with various risk factors or hazards, including extreme rainfall and flooding, sea level rise, aging infrastructure, cyber threats, seismic activity, and drought.
A spending bill with cuts for environmental and public lands agencies was approved July 12 by a House subcommittee, over Democratic objections that the cuts were too big.
The proposed legislation from House appropriators would cut the EPA budget by about 7 percent, which was less than what was proposed by President Donald Trump.
The fiscal year 2018 spending bill for the Interior Department, Environmental Protection Agency, and related agencies was approved by voice vote of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies. Democrats on the panel signaled their dissatisfaction over the cuts through their silence during the vote and their criticisms beforehand.… Read More
Water World: “U.S. Water Alliance: Equitable Water Management Vital to the U.S.’s Most Vulnerable Communities”
The US Water Alliance has developed a national briefing paper to expand national understanding of the water-related challenges that vulnerable communities face, and the opportunities to leverage water investment to build a society and economy that works for everyone. The paper is inspired and informed by the contributions of diverse stakeholders — utility managers, policymakers, community leaders, direct service providers, and more. It presents strategies and approaches for building equitable, sustainable water systems that create opportunity for all.
HUNTINGTON, W.Va. (AP) — Water quality service fees will be increasing for some customers in West Virginia.
The Herald-Dispatch (http://bit.ly/2s7lcr8) reports when the fee began in 2014 in the Huntington area, it was scheduled to be a flat $7.15 for residential and non-residential property owners for two years. That was while the Water Quality Board conducted mapping of impervious surfaces — man-made structures contributing to water runoff — on non-residential properties.