The Clean Water America Alliance is pleased to announce the release of its second National Dialogue summary report entitled What’s Water Worth? The report summarizes the National Dialogue held in Washington, D.C. on March 25-26, 2010. With featured speakers Robert Glennon and Nancy Stoner, the National Dialogue focused on how water is valued in the United States from multiple perspectives including energy, agricultural, ecological, municipal, and industrial.

The report is a compilation of the thoughts and ideas of 42 of the nation’s leading experts in water policy, including representatives from state water authorities, Capitol Hill, the federal government, municipal water and wastewater agencies, engineering firms, academia, energy, industry, green infrastructure interests, agriculture, and conservation.

Participants engaged in a wide ranging discussion on the uses and values of water and concluded that without a dramatic improvement in how we price and value water – and use it – we will face severe consequences, to our economy, to our environment, to our lifestyle, perhaps to our existence. Participants agreed that the seriousness of these challenges requires the development of a new approach to water management, based on understanding the many values of water – in short, a new water ethic. Click HERE to download the report What’s Water Worth.

How Does Sewage Treatment Work?
Sewage treatment turns out to be a somewhat less nasty business than you probably thought

The guy running the snake down our sewer looks matter-of-fact. Our sewage has been backing up. Right next to the pipe connecting our house to the sewer line running down our street stands a 70-year-old willow oak, and I worry the tree’s roots have found their way, during the droughty past year, into our line. He shrugs: Maybe it’s tree roots, maybe it’s a collapsed pipe, maybe it’s a yo-yo. The snake went in only a dozen feet or so and found a clog, and now the little claw at the end is spinning. Once he pulls it out we’ll know better what’s going on. I leave him to his business, though I cast an annoyed glance at the oak. Sewer pipes fit together simply, with a bell joint, and tiny root hairs find their way to the nutrient-rich flow, then grow larger, eventually growing large enough to shatter the vitreous clay pipe that forms so many service lines or dislodge a joint if the pipes are cast iron. Nobody knows what our pipes, 70 years old, are made of, but I fear we’re about to find out.

Read the rest online at Scientific American. Reprinted from On the Grid: A Plot of Land, an Average Neighborhood, and the Systems That Make Our World Work by Scott Huler.

EPA announced on July 8 that it is launching a new on-line tool for scientific collaboration and knowledge sharing that was built by Purdue University with support from the agency.  The Integrated Environmental Modeling Hub (iemHUB) allows environmental researchers to analyze environmental problems and combine environmental models so that a better understanding of the environment can be developed – everything from keeping beaches clean to predicting climate effects. EPA uses integrated modeling assessments to inform decision making in support of its broad mission of protecting human health and safeguarding the environment. With the website, the agency is providing a state-of-the-art resource to the environmental modeling community.  The iemHUB supports the development of integrated models and their use in conducting research and informing the decision making process.  The iemHUB is being released by the EPA-supported Community of Practice for Integrated Environmental Modeling (CIEM).  The Community of Practice is an informal collaborative organization that was set-up by EPA and other scientists to advance the state of the science and technology related to integrated modeling.

SARBS presents their 17th Annual Collections Training Seminar on Thursday July 22 at the Huntington Beach Public Library.

CWEA members $35 / $60 non. CWEA contact hours available.


Topics include:

  • Sewer Systems Maintenance
  • CWEA update
  • Plastics in the Marine
  • Tracking down the root of our sanitary sewers
  • FOG inspection training
  • Safety
  • Vendor training
  • Collections system case study
  • And always fun exhibitor booths and prize drawings – including a drawing for a flat screen TV!!


Over 100 people are registered to attend this training event!

P&ID 101 – An engineering bootcamp to help you with reading, designing and understanding process & instrumentation diagrams. 3 CWEA contact hours.

Wednesday, Sept. 29th
11:00am – 3:00pm
Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County
Conference Rooms E & F
1955 Workman Mill Road, Whittier
Please check in with Security in the main lobby.

$50 CWEA members, $60 non, $25 students/retired.


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