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Legislature Slams Clean Water Act Reform

  • 24 June 2014
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The Greene County Legislature is fighting a proposed modification to the Clean Water Act that lawmakers say will burden farmers with “costly and time-consuming permitting and regulatory protocols,” according to a resolution passed last week.

The change was proposed in April by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers with the stated intention of clarifying protections for streams and wetlands, which became confusing and complicated after Supreme Court decisions in 2001 and 2006.

Utah State University Study Praises PVC Pipe

  • 2 June 2014
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A new study released by the Utah State University Buried Structures Laboratory praises PVC pipe and confirms it as a sustainable pipe material with a longevity in excess of 100 years.  The research laboratory examines previous pipe excavations, testing, and life cycle analysis and has significantly contributed to water and wastewater research internationally for over 50 years.

European Cities’ Sewer Water Exposes Drug Use

  • 2 June 2014
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 European cities’ sewer water exposes use of cocaine, cannabis, meth and ecstasy
Imagine you could let your city urinate in a cup and submit the sample to a laboratory for drug testing. Would it pass?

Researchers in Europe did something similar with 42 major cities, and many of them failed.

Lab tests on sewage water to detect chemicals excreted after drug use turned up high levels of cannabis, cocaine, ecstasy, meth and other amphetamines.

War on Fog

  • 28 May 2014
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Follow along as we examine solutions to the challenge of fats, oils and grease in the country’s sewer lines and treatment plant works

EPA Hosting Webcast Series to Raise Awareness about Harmful Algal Blooms

  • 28 May 2014
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On May 29, 2014, EPA will host a webcast on public engagement opportunities to address harmful algal blooms entitled, “The Role of Citizen Scientists in Harmful Algal Bloom Monitoring and Response”.  This webcast is the beginning of a series with a discussion of involvement with volunteer monitoring initiatives, and how people can get involved in a project to monitor for potentially toxic algal species and collect meaningful data from their local, state, or federal agency.

Study Explores Link Between Cows and Water Quality

  • 23 May 2014
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Study explores link between cows’ water quality, milk production
A study to determine what effect quality of dairy herd water has on milk production is being conducted at 100 dairy farms across a six-county region by educators from Cornell Cooperative Extension. Twenty farms each will be surveyed in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties, and the remainder will be in Franklin, Clinton and Essex counties.

Independent Budget Office: It’s Debt, Not Rent Payments

  • 21 May 2014
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Independent Budget Office: It’s debt, not rent payments, that drives water and sewer
(An interesting article from NYC)
It’s not the rent payments the city charges for use of the water system that’s driving water rates but rather the cost of paying off huge capital projects, the Independent Budget Office said in a report Monday.
While it has been the scapegoat of many a press conference on skyrocketing water rates, the rental payment takes a back seat, the report found.

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