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On April 21, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) issued the Final Navigable Waters Protection Rule (NWPR) by publishing in the Federal Register a final rule that defines the scope of waters federally regulated under the Clean Water Act (CWA).

Defining what constitutes a “water of the United States” is the second step in a comprehensive, two-step process intended to review and revise...

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On April 15, Federal Judge Brian Morris of the Montana District Court issued a summary judgement challenging the decision of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Corps) to reissue Nationwide Permit (NWP) 12 in 2017.

The action was brought forth by the Northern Plains Resource Council (Plaintiffs) against the Corps for its decision on the Keystone XL Pipeline. TC Energy, the project proponent, and the State of Montana and American...

Read More - Court Order Impacts Section 404 Permitting for Utility Lines

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USACE has released version 4.4 of the HEC-HMS software after a year of development. New features include:

  • GIS toolkit for subbasin and reach delineation based on input terrain data
    • Future releases are set to include computation of parameters
  • New methodology for losses and baseflow to improve continuous simulation functionality
  • Custom Temporal Precipitation pattern inputs
  • Visualization tools
  • Improved simulation framework to reduce simulation run time
  • ...

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Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) financing, an innovative tool that enables property owners to make investments in water and energy efficiency, has been gaining momentum across the country. Through the PACE program, financing is secured by a special property tax assessment, all without incurring upfront costs. PACE has acted as an economic development tool to improve buildings, creating jobs, reducing energy consumption and grid demand, and enhancing water conservation.

2,000 PACE projects...

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The Trinity River Authority (TRA) of Texas has become a pioneer for asset management within the fence-line of their water and wastewater treatment facilities. TRA has dedicated significant resources to identifying facility assets at their treatment plants with a focus on first understanding their asset inventory, and then integrating the inventory into their GIS and management systems to facilitate an enhanced approach to managing assets and planning capital investment needs. This commitment to...

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The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) has announced its designated 15 flood planning regions to help establish a new regional and state flood planning process.

The TWDB divided the state into regions based on river basin watersheds, and the process will develop technical tools that local decisionmakers can use to determine the best solutions for their areas. The regional flood-planning groups will develop and submit their flood plans...

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As the landscape continues to change quickly for water and wastewater utilities and other public works agencies, it’s essential for them to maintain operations as close to normal as possible to protect public health and services. That’s the expectation of the public as well as regulators.

But during this nationwide emergency, utility owners and operators also are being called on to keep up with many other aspects of their businesses that don’t normally...

Read More - AWWA Offers Guidance for Legal Issues, Communications During COVID-19 Crisis

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Updated on April 8: TWDB has pushed back its Flood Infrastructure Fund (FIF) Abridged Applications to Monday, June 15 at 5 p.m.

A new financial assistance program will soon become available to assist in the funding of drainage, flood mitigation, and flood control projects.

On Nov. 5, Texas voters approved Proposition 8, a constitutional amendment providing for the creation of the Flood Infrastructure Fund (FIF) . In conjunction with the...

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