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- New Report Signals a Turning Point for CA’s Most Diverse Estuary (12/27/2016) - The San Francisco Bay is perhaps one of the most diverse ecological areas in the world. The convergence of both the Pacific Ocean and fresh water runoff that flows from the Sierras through the Sacramento and San Joaquin rivers blend together to create a habitat unlike any other. However, according to a new report by the Bay Institute, thousands of dams and ditches that supply irrigation and drinking water to industrial farms and cities are now depriving the estuary of 70 percent of freshwater flows.  In the report, Jonathan Rosenfield, a conservation biologist and lead author, points to sharp [...]
- National Commission Formed to Promote Onsite Reuse (12/27/2016) - Earlier this month, the US Water Alliance and Water Environment & Reuse Foundation (WE&RF) launched the National Blue Ribbon Commission for Onsite Non-potable Water Systems. Over the next several years, the Commission will develop model state and federal guidelines based on best practices and research in order to support the implementation of onsite non-potable water systems. The commission will also serve to identify new opportunities for water utilities to implement non-potable systems on a larger scale. Although the benefits of non-potable systems have been widely recognized, policy and regulatory barriers have continued to constrain the adoption of non-potable water systems. [...]
- EPA Funds UT Austin’s Infrastructure Research Center (12/22/2016) - The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently provided $3.9 million for a ground breaking water infrastructure research program at the University of Texas at Austin's (UT Austin) Cockrell School of Engineering. Known as the Center for Infrastructure Modeling and Management, the EPA’s grant will fund research to enhance the country’s water infrastructure modeling and share tools / discoveries with local communities and stakeholders.  With nearly 90% of Americans supporting the need for infrastructure improvements , this Center will help generate new research strategies to better understand current challenges. “This project ties into our nation’s aging infrastructure,” said Ben Hodges, associate professor [...]
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