EPA Decentralized MOU Partnership Releases Papers Highlighting the Benefits of Decentralized Wastewater Treatment Systems

EPA’s Decentralized Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) Partnership has developed a series of four papers that highlight how decentralized wastewater treatment systems can be sustainable and appropriate options for communities and homeowners. The MOU Partnership is an agreement between EPA and 16 partner organizations (including ASDWA and GWPC) that work collaboratively at the national level to improve decentralized performance and our nation’s public health and water resources.


These new papers are intended to provide information to the public and to state, local, and industry officials on the benefits and types of decentralized wastewater treatment systems.  Each paper focuses on one of four topic areas of decentralized wastewater treatment, demonstrating how decentralized wastewater treatment can be: (1) a sensible solution; (2) cost‐effective and economical; (3) green and sustainable; and (4) protective of the environment, public health, and water quality.


For additional information on the EPA Decentralized MOU Partnership and to view and download copies of the papers for distribution in your state, please visit: http://water.epa.gov/infrastructure/septic/Decentralized-MOU-Partnership-Products.cfm.



September 25 Webinar Time Zone Correction

Please note that the time for the September 25 Webinar on the Link Between the Farm Bill and a Healthy Mississippi River is from 11:30AM – 12:30PM (eastern) / 10:30AM – 11:30AM (central).

September 25 – Free Webinar on Link Between the Farm Bill and a Healthy Mississippi River

On Tuesday, September 25th from 11:30AM – 12:30PM (eastern), the Mississippi River Network and the National Wildlife Federation will host a free one hour webinar on the link between the Farm Bill and a healthy Mississippi River.  This webinar briefing will explain how restoring conservation compliance to crop insurance in the next Farm Bill will improve soil and water health, and reduce the effects of extreme weather events such as flooding and drought.

Expert panelists will provide historical perspective on how the link between conservation and crop insurance was dropped from in the 1996 Farm Bill and discuss the lasting effects of this and future Farm Bill decisions.  The expert panelists include:  Bill Gradle, Illinois’ State Conservationist for USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service (retired); Craig Lang, past president of Iowa Farm Bureau and farmer; and Martha Noble, Senior Policy Associate, National Sustainable Agriculture.

You may Register for the webinar here.  For audio, please dial:  218-632-0550, and use access code: 558780.

For more information about the Mississippi River Network, a coalition of organizations dedicated to protecting the land, water and people of the Mississippi River basin, visit the web site HERE.

Submit Your Papers Now for the April 2013 AWWA Sustainable Water Management Conference

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) is now accepting papers for its Sustainable Water Management Conference that will be held on April 7-10, 2013, in Nashville, Tennessee.  The audience for the conference includes professionals involved in all aspects of water resources and conservation such as:  local, state, and federal government agencies; water resource planners and engineers; water and wastewater utilities; consultants; and educators.


This 2013 Conference will combine technical presentations with in-depth discussions on a wide range of topics such as managing water resources and the environment, water conservation, sustainable utilities and infrastructure, urban planning and design, and community sustainability.


The deadline for the call for papers is September 28, 2012, at 6:00 pm (eastern time).  For more information about the conference and the full list of potential paper topics, visit the AWWA web site HERE.