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Farm Bill Passes Congress

January 27, 2019

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U.S. Congress has passed the $867 million Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018, also known as the “farm bill.” President Trump has signed the bill into law after it passed both houses with broad bipartisan support. During the nearly 2-year drafting process for the legislation, the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) has urged Congress to […]

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WEF Joins in Asking Congress To Support the 2018 Farm Bill

November 26, 2017

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The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) joined more than 20 organizations in co-signing consensus recommendations for the 2018 Farm Bill. The document, released on Sept. 27, calls on the U.S. Congress to increase funding in the bill and to strengthen conservation efforts to ensure farmer, ranchers, and foresters can effectively access those programs. The […]

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Smithsonian Unveils Travelling Exhibitions Educating About Water

July 26, 2016

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The Water/Ways exhibit showcases the relationship between people and water through images from events such as the 2014 Voices from Both Sides event where Americans and Mexicans gathered, joining hands across the Rio Grande. Photo courtesy of Lorne Matalon, Smithsonian.

Through its Museum on Main Street (MoMS) program, the Smithsonian Institution Traveling Exhibition Service (SITES; Washington, D.C.) is launching two travelling exhibitions to engage the public in learning about the significance of water. The Water/Ways and H2O Today exhibitions are part of the Smithsonian’s “Think Water” initiative, which brings together exhibitions, educational resources, and public […]

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Explore Texas’ Freshwater Resources Online

May 25, 2016

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ALL INTERNAL RIGHTS, LIMITED EXTERNAL RIGHTS. Dolan Falls Preserve, Texas: Detail of water surrounding the Dolan falls. Photo credit: © Ian Shive

The Texas Freshwater Explorer is a free, online tool for policymakers, water managers, scientists, municipalities, industries, and the public. The tool, created by the Nature Conservancy (Arlington, Va.), enables users to investigate and analyze freshwater availability of local surface water and groundwater. Users can obtain information about different policies, trends, and uses that affect the […]

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Great Water Cities Panelist Felicia Marcus Shares California’s Perspective on the Future of Water Management

August 31, 2015

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WEFTEC Great Water Cities 2015-Felicia Mason Featured

Felicia Marcus, chair of the California Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) State Water Resources Control Board, joins a panel for the WEFTEC® 2015 session, “The Impact of Leadership: Culture, Communication, and Community in Great Water Cities.” On Sept. 28, from 10 a.m. to noon, attendees can hear Marcus and other water leaders share lessons learned in […]

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WEF, Other Organizations Pen Letter Opposing the Reopening of Farm Bill

July 22, 2015

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The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) and more than 100 other organizations wrote a letter to the chairs and ranking members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representative subcommittees on Agriculture, Rural Development, Food and Drug Administration in opposition to reopening debate on the 2014 farm bill. The letter was written to […]

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Sustainable wine pioneer brings biodynamic farming practices to cannabis

July 3, 2015

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As the first certified biodynamic farming vineyard in wine-rich Napa and Sonoma counties, the Bezingers show how operating a large-scale agricultural operation can conserve water and enhance the environment. Photo courtesy of Bezinger Family Winery.

While most winery owners in California’s Sonoma Valley grew concerned when the water table began sinking in the 1980s and ‘90s, Mike Benziger had a different response. He began searching for farming methods that required less water. It wasn’t just the lower water level that drove him. Irrigation pumping costs had been one of the […]

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Collection Systems Taking Center Stage at Collection Systems 2015 Conference

February 17, 2015

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Collection Systems Conference Final Featured

Wastewater treatment professionals can learn about the latest trends and newest practices in collection systems at the Collection Systems 2015 Conference. The conference and exhibition will be held at the Duke Energy Convention Center in Cincinnati, April 19‒22. Co-sponsored by the Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.), the Ohio Water Environment Association, and the National Association […]

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