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Congratulations Gary Biekert

  • 10 October 2014
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Congratulations to Gary Biekert, Chief Operator for the Village of Mayville in Chautauqua County on his recent retirement.  Gary handled the water system for the village for the past three decades and oversaw many system improvements.  Gary plans to travel to a warmer climate for the winter months with his wife and their new RV.  From all of us here at the NYRWA, thank you Gary for a job well done and here’s to a long, happy, and healthy retirement!!!

 

 

Town of Rotterdam Wins the Title of Best Tasting Drinking Water in New York State

  • 3 September 2014
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ALBANY –The Town of Rotterdam, Schenectady County, claimed the top spot in the New York Tap Water Taste Contest, held at the New York State Fair in Syracuse. The Village of Remsen in Oneida County was the runner-up.

 

The New York State Tap Water Taste Contest is a non-scientific, friendly competition intended to highlight the importance of taste and quality in drinking water, a vital public health resource.

States Top Court Rules in Favor of Local Town Prohibiting Hydraulic Fracturing

  • 7 July 2014
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On June 30th, the State Court of Appeals in a 5-to-2 decision found that the Town of Dryden in Tompkins County and the Town of Middlefield in Otsego County have the authority to prohibit fracking through local land use regulations.  Opponents of fracking immediately celebrated the ruling whereas a lawyer for one of the energy companies in the suit indicated that the ruling made it increasingly unlikely that gas drilling companies would invest in New York State.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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