President Signs Executive Order to Create Federal Water Subcabinet

President Donald Trump has signed the “Modernizing America’s Water Resource Management and Water Infrastructure” Executive Order. The Executive Order is meant to ensure that Federal coordination on water policy is standard practice by formally establishing a Water Subcabinet of senior Federal agency officials. The Water Subcabinet is designed to facilitate efficient and effective management and Read More

Help Available to Meet New MS4 Permit Requirements

Winter is approaching and icy roads are likely in parts of the country. In many areas, that means laying sand or salt on roadways. The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) General Permit will be reissued on November 16, 2020. Minnesota communities need to be aware of some new requirements Read More

Firefighting Chemicals PFAS Survey Results

The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources (DNR) recently published the results of a statewide survey of fire departments to determine the extent of use of firefighting foams containing per- and polyfluoroalkyl (PFAS) substances. The survey was designed to help the DNR better understand how much, how often, and why foam containing PFAS is used across Read More

Upcoming Risk Assessment Deadline for Medium Size Community Water Systems

The first certification deadline under the America’s Water Infrastructure Act (AWIA) for community water systems that serve 50,000-100,000 people is scheduled for December 31, 2020. Water systems within that size of population served (including consecutive system populations) need to submit an AWIA Risk and Resilience Assessment by the end of the year to be in Read More

USEPA Reports Aggressive PFAS Response

Aggressively addressing per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) continues to be an active and ongoing priority according to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) Region 8, which includes the states of Colorado, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, Utah and Wyoming, as well as 27 Tribal Nations. Region 8 is working closely with several States, Tribes and local Read More

Lead in Plumbing Materials & LCR Final Rules Announced

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) has announced its final rule to reduce lead in plumbing materials used in public water systems, homes, schools, and other facilities. The action marks a significant milestone in implementing the Federal Action Plan to Reduce Childhood Lead Exposures and Associated Health Impacts. The USEPA says the Lead-Free final rule Read More