WEF's Nakamura: "Flushable" wipes should never be flushed | Calif., feds argue over water shipments | Researchers monitor recovery at Colo.'s Hermosa Creek, Animas River
April 24, 2019
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WEF's Nakamura: "Flushable" wipes should never be flushed
Wipe-makers may claim their products are flushable, but there isn't a regulatory body overseeing the issue, and no "flushable" wipe brands can truthfully make the claim, says Brianne Nakamura of the Water Environment Federation. Wipes should always be disposed of in the garbage.
Today (4/23) 
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Calif., feds argue over water shipments
California Gov. Gavin Newsom and the Trump administration are in a dispute over proposed water shipments to the agriculturally rich San Joaquin Valley. The California Department of Water Resources says the proposed allocation by the feds violates the state's Endangered Species Act by harming fish in the region, and it has begun drafting its own rules.
The Sacramento Bee (Calif.) (tiered subscription model) (4/22) 
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Environmental Protection
Researchers monitor recovery at Colo.'s Hermosa Creek, Animas River
The Mountain Studies Institute, the Colorado School of Mines and the US Forest Service's Rocky Mountain Research Station are monitoring pollution effects and recovery efforts in Colorado's Hermosa Creek and Animas River after a major fire devastated the area last summer. MSI's Scott Roberts hopes the observations will lead to a better understanding of mudslides' effect on waterways, as well as recovery timelines.
The Durango Herald (Colo.) (4/24) 
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Infrastructure Watch
Company wants to bring produced water piping to Appalachia
Equitrans Midstream wants to build pipeline infrastructure that would carry produced water, or shale gas wastewater, from fracking operations in the Appalachian Basin. Companies in the area reuse wastewater or transport it to treatment facilities via truck, but observers say the process may not be sustainable as output increases.
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (4/22) 
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Concrete placement to begin at Va. wastewater plant
Workers will begin placing concrete at a wastewater treatment plant in Lynchburg, Va., this weekend. More than 90 trucks will be used to transport concrete.
WFXR-TV/WWCW-TV (Roanoke, Va.) (4/23) 
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Funding and Financing
N.Y. earmarks additional $15M for ag water projects
New York has allocated an additional $15 million in funding for projects that help farmers store waste and protect local waterways. The funding is part of the Agricultural Nonpoint Source Abatement and Control Program, which New York has invested nearly $220 million in since 1994.
The Associated Press (4/24) 
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Research, Innovation & Technology
What are Daphnia, and how do they clean fresh water?
Daphnia, also known as water fleas, are tiny crustaceans that consume algae, bacteria and yeast while filtering fresh water in the process, says University of Michigan ecologist Meghan Duffy. She is researching how Daphnia's anti-fungal properties might someday be used in medicinal products.
PBS (4/22) 
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Video: WEF Staff Bike to Show Operators Appreciation on World Water Day
On March 22, four Water Environment Federation staff members strapped on their helmets and pedaled their way around the Washington, D.C., metropolitan area to celebrate water resource recovery facility (WRRF) operators. Jessica Rozek, Steve Harrison, Megan Livak and Brad Lovett celebrated World Water Day by biking to three local WRRFs.
WEF Highlights (Water Environment Federation) (4/17) 
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Quigley speaks about stormwater management
Quigley speaks about stormwater management
In this Words on Water Podcast, Marcus Quigley of Opti discusses how stormwater is an important area for both water quality and water quantity, and how the challenge is amplified by aging infrastructure and continued development. He explains that local elected officials are motivated by the many community benefits of managing stormwater.
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Attend #ResBio19 in Fort Lauderdale
Attend #ResBio19 in Fort Lauderdale
Don't miss the most important residuals and biosolids event of the year. Hundreds of water leaders, researchers, and practitioners will convene May 7 to 10, in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., to hear the latest developments on all aspects of biosolids treatment and management. Join us to gain insight on how the industry is driving change toward resource recovery through innovative strategies and techniques.
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