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EPA Announces New Water Workforce Initiative at WEFTEC 2019

October 31, 2019

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During WEFTEC Technical Session No. 200: Water Policy Update, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Water Dennis Lee Forsgren Jr., unveiled America’s Water Workforce Initiative, which will formulate an action plan to attract and preserve talent in U.S. water utilities. Photo courtesy of Oscar & Associates

At WEFTEC 2019 in Chicago, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Deputy Assistant Administrator for the Office of Water Dennis Lee Forsgren Jr., announced a new effort to help American utilities surmount the looming water-sector skills shortage expected in coming years. EPA plans to release a draft of America’s Water Workforce Initiative for public comment by […]

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Water Utilities Commended for Transformational Activities

August 15, 2019

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Click here for details on the Utility of the Future Today program, established in 2016 by the Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.), the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (Washington, D.C.), the Water Research Foundation (Alexandria, Va.), WateReuse Association (Alexandria, Va.), and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

The forward-thinking initiatives of 43 water utilities are being recognized as they reimagine partnering and engagement, watershed stewardship, and recovery of resources such as water, energy, and nutrients. The Utility of the Future Today recognition celebrates the achievements of water utilities that transform from the traditional wastewater treatment system to a resource recovery center and […]

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WEF Supports Bipartisan Bill to Extend NPDES

April 28, 2019

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On March 14, legislation (H.R. 1764) was introduced that would extend the maximum term for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits issued under the Clean Water Act from 5 to 10 years. U.S. Reps. John Garamendi (D–Calif.), Ken Calvert (R–Calif.), and Rob Woodall (R–Ga.) introduced the bipartisan bill to support local water infrastructure projects. […]

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From the President: Advancing Research, the Scientific Capital

April 16, 2019

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From the President - Tom Kunetz Featured

Since the end of World War II, the investment of federal money into basic research has led to many advances in engineering, materials science, computer science, medicine, and psychology. Yet, even with evidence of all these benefits, the relative contribution U.S. Congress has made into research as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP) has […]

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WEF-Backed Provisions Incorporated Into 2019 Omnibus Appropriations Bill

March 24, 2019

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The omnibus appropriations bill, which sets a budget for government programs for the 2019 fiscal year, passed through U.S. Congress and was signed into law by President Donald Trump. The package includes appropriations for the U.S. Department of Interior and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) supported many […]

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In Memoriam: Robert Jack Freeman Jr. Champion of Water for Small Communities

March 20, 2019

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In Memoriam - Freeman Mountain

Robert (Bob) Jack Freeman Jr., member of the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) and the Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP) since 2006, died January 21 at the age of 71. Freeman, a registered professional engineer and certified wastewater treatment operator, earned both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in environmental engineering from Mississippi […]

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EPA Invites 39 Projects To Apply for WIFIA Loans

January 24, 2019

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is inviting 39 projects to apply for Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loans. Selected borrowers, located in 16 states and Washington, D.C., will receive WIFIA loans totaling approximately $5 billion, according to an EPA news release. “This year, EPA will help finance over $10 billion in water […]

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WEF Joins 90 Organizations in Asking Congress To Fund Water Infrastructure

January 21, 2019

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The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) joined 90 other organizations in sending a letter to Congress urging the adequate funding of water infrastructure. The coalition of national, state, and local organizations asked members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives to include funding for drinking water, wastewater, water reuse, and stormwater infrastructure […]

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