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Using risk communication before, during and after an emergency: Are you ready to respond?
Kathleen G. Vidoloff, Oregon Public Health Division
Adventures in Community Dialogue: Advisory Groups, Surveys, and More
Ben McConkey, LOTT Clean Water Alliance
Lisa Dennis-Perez, LOTT Clean Water Alliance
School Kids Today – Rate Payers Tomorrow: Partnering with Community Groups to Improve Environmental Education
Rich McConaghy, City of Vancouver
Ryan Johnson, Clackamas County Water Environment Services
Gari Johnson, Clackamas County Water Environment Services
Visual Communication for Public Presentations
Jessie Maran, Harper Houf Peterson Righellis Inc.
Crafting Campaigns to Win Support for Water
Libby Barg, Barney & Worth
Using the media to tell your story
Dylan Rivera, Communications Manager, Portland Bureau of Transportatio
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WA Water Quality Grants and Loans for State Fiscal Year 2015
Read more about the program and proposals on the WA Dept. of Ecology website.
The Washington Department of Ecology proposes to spend $202 million in dedicated grants and loans to help pay for 70 local projects across the state to protect the health of Washington waters. Included is a low interest loan for a new waste water collection system in the Oyehut/Illahee area that will eliminate 130 existing on-site sewage systems, as well as a loan to replace the outfall diffuser at the City of Aberdeen’s waste water treatment plant. There is also a proposed loan to complete the Shelton Basin 3 Sewer Rehabilitation Construction Project.The funding is contingent on a final state supplemental budget and final federal appropriations. It becomes available at the start of the state’s next fiscal year beginning July 1, 2014.
State financial managers calculate that 11 jobs in Washington are created for every $1 million spent for construction and design funding. That would make this proposed round of funding support more than 2,200 jobs. Over half of these are likely to be local construction jobs.
The funding will be directed to water protection on agricultural lands; upgrades and expansions of sewer plants and collection systems; septic system improvements; water protection and cleanup projects; efforts to manage stormwater; streamside restoration projects; and more.
Here are highlights of the proposed funding:
Port Angeles, Spokane, and King County are proposed to receive $62 million in Revolving Fund loans to correct combined sewer overflows (CSOs). CSOs are discharges of untreated sewage that overflow directly to nearby streams, lakes, and harbors when wastewater collection systems are overloaded by large stormwater flows.
Ecology proposes $1.1 million in grants for projects on both sides of the Cascades to protect clean water on agricultural lands. Of this funding:
• The Palouse Rock Lake Conservation District proposes to enhance streamside areas of the Palouse River and create cost-share programs for no-till, direct seed programs.
• Okanogan Conservation District wants to implement practices to help landowners protect waters from livestock access.
• Benton Conservation District proposes to work with the public to understand and prevent nitrate pollution of drinking water.
• Lewis County Conservation District plans to work on a project to prevent polluted runoff from irrigation practices.
• In King County, American Farmland Trust plans to field-test strategies to improve water quality in farm areas along Newaukum Creek.
In addition, $190 million is proposed to boost 39 wastewater treatment facility projects. Eight of these are proposed for communities that qualify for financial hardship status. They will receive grants, forgivable principal loans (loans that do not need to be paid back), and loans with interest rates as low as zero percent. The communities are:
• Deer Park
• Sacheen Lake area of Pend Oreille County
• Sun Acres in Spokane County
• Illayee/Oyehut area in Grays Harbor County
Project descriptions and proposed funding amounts can be found online.
Ecology invites comments about this proposed funding. Email comments to Daniel Thompson at email@example.com or mail them to Department of Ecology, Water Quality Program, P.O. Box 47600, Olympia, WA 98504-7600, Attn: Daniel Thompson. Comments must be received by 5 p.m. March 24, 2014.
Ecology will hold a public meeting to discuss the proposed list at 1 p.m., Friday, March 7, at the Pierce County Library, PAC – Processing and Administrative Center, 3005 112th Street in Tacoma.
The funding is contingent on a final state supplemental budget and final federal appropriations. It becomes available at the start of the state’s next fiscal year beginning July 1, 2014.
Funding for Ecology’s integrated loan and grant program comes from a combination of dedicated state and federal monies.
Of the $202 million total, $180 million comes from the Washington State Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund. Another $20.3 million comes from the state Centennial Clean Water Program. And $1.6 million comes from the Clean Water Section 319 Nonpoint Source Fund.
Courtesy Dave Haviland, KBKW News http://kbkw.com/local-news/108478
Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF)'s National Center for Resource Recovery and Nutrient Management Receives EPA Star Grant
The Environment, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Gina McCarthy announced grants to four research institutions inlcluding WERF for innovative and sustainable water research to manage harmful nutrient pollution. Nutrient pollution is one of America's most widespread, costly and challenging environmental problems, and is caused by excess nitrogen and phosphorus in waterways.
“These grants will go towards research to help us better manage nutrients and better protect our precious water resources from the dangers of nutrient pollution, especially in a changing climate,” said Administrator McCarthy.
When excessive nitrogen and phosphorus enter our waterways -- usually via stormwater runoff and industrial activities -- our water can become polluted. Nutrient pollution has impacted many streams, rivers, lakes, bays and coastal waters for the past several decades, resulting in serious environmental and health issues, and negatively impacting the economy. For example, nutrient pollution can reduce oxygen levels in water, leading to illnesses in fish and the death of large numbers of fish. In some cases nutrient pollution leads to elevated toxins and bacterial growth in waters that can make people sick.
The Science to Achieve Results (STAR) grants, announced by Administrator McCarthy today, are an integral part of EPA’s research on water quality and availability. Improving existing water infrastructure is costly, which makes creating new and sustainable approaches to water use, reuse and nutrient management important.
These grants support sustainable water research and demonstration projects consistent with a comprehensive strategy for managing nutrients and active community engagement throughout the research process.
The following institutions received grants:
- Pennsylvania State University Center for Integrated Multi-scale Nutrient Pollution Solutions, to focus on nutrient flows in Pennsylvania and the Chesapeake basin;
- University of South Florida Center for Reinventing Aging Infrastructure for Nutrient Management, to support Tampa Bay and similar coastal areas as they face problems of aging wastewater collection and treatment systems, and rapid population growth;
- Colorado State University, Center for Comprehensive, Optimal, and Effective Abatement of Nutrients, for linking physical, biological, legal, social and economic aspects of nutrient management in the Western and Eastern United States; and
- Water Environment Research Foundation, Alexandria, Va, National Center for Resource Recovery and Nutrient Management, for innovative research in nutrient reduction through resource recovery and behavioral factors affecting acceptance and implementation.
WERF's grant will administer seven multidisciplinary, integrated projects focused on major components/ sources of nutrient impacts on water quality; i.e., households (and other small units); centralized wastewater treatment plant discharges; urban stormwater; and agriculture runoff. The Center will function as a matrix program supporting nutrient management projects including those within four existing WERF research programs: Resource Recovery, Nutrient Removal, Sustainable Integrated Water Management, and Energy Production and Efficiency. This approach will ensure that the Center’s projects will be informed by the most up-to-date water quality research in each thematic area and leverage existing WERF funding. More info is available at http://cfpub.epa.gov/ncer_abstracts/index.cfm/fuseaction/display.abstractDetail/abstract/10167/report/0.
What We've Been Saying: wastewater is a valuable commodity
Howard County, Md., has agreed to supply treated wastewater to cool a computer center being built at Fort Meade by the National Security Agency — a money-saving, environmentally conscious deal that officials say could serve as a model.
The NSA is footing the cost of building a pump station, estimated at $40 million, and will pay the county as much as $2 million a year for treated water that would otherwise be dumped into the Little Patuxent River. The station is to supply as much as 5 million gallons of reclaimed wastewater per day when the center opens in 2016. Read more on the Washington Post.
PNCWA President Mike Ollivant's message
What if: The United (Watershed) States of America (?)
Source: Community Builders blog
The story begins with John Wesley Powell, the great one-armed adventurer and geologist. He was made famous for his successful runs through the Colorado River in 1869 and 1872. But perhaps his most important legacy rests in a lesser-known deed: Proposing in 1879 that as the Western states were brought into the union they be formed around watersheds, rather than arbitrary political boundaries. This idea rested on the observation that because of an arid climate, a statewide organization decided by any other factor would lead to water conflict down the road. Read more about the concept Water Quality Professionals know is critical: Original posting 9/26/13 by John Lavey, Sonoran Institute, Bozeman, MT Story by Reid Wilson in Washington Post 11/18/13 See also “The United (Watershed) States of America” on Google Earth
New Tool Helps Manage Stormwater
U.S. EPA desktop application calculates site-specific runoff
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) National Stormwater Calculator helps users make land-use decisions to help prevent stormwater runoff. Photo courtesy of EPA. Click to see more information about the calculator.
An online stormwater calculator offers another tool to help protect waterways from runoff. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released its National Stormwater Calculator to help property owners, developers, landscapers, and urban planners make informed land-use decisions to help prevent stormwater runoff, according to an EPA news release.
The calculator is a desktop application that estimates the annual amount of stormwater runoff from a specific site based on soil conditions, slope, land cover, and historical rainfall records, the news release says. Users can download the application, enter any U.S. location, and select different scenarios to learn how green infrastructure changes can mitigate runoff. The tool was designed to help determine the cost-effectiveness of different green infrastructure solutions.
The tool allows users to learn how different green infrastructure practices can mitigate runoff and determine each practice’s cost-effectiveness. Photo courtesy of EPA.
The calculator is the first phase of the Stormwater Calculator and Climate Assessment Tool package announced in President Barack Obama’s Climate Action Plan in June. By the end of the year, EPA plans to update the tool so it includes the ability to link to several future climate scenarios, the news release says.