Below you will find third-party sites and resources. If you have a favorite resource that's not included in the list, please let us know.
- Recent Homeland Security Research Water Security Products
From time to time, ASDWA receives very helpful updates from our colleagues at EPA’s National Homeland Security Research Center (NHSRC). And, as they have reminded us this time, “Many of our products have multiple uses, not just homeland security applications.” Please take a few moments to read through this impressive product list and consider how you can make the connections between these tools and products and other aspects of your drinking water program.
- Backflow Cases
- Illinois Plumbing Code
IDPH finally put the new Illinois Plumbing Code up on their website as a printable version. There are two versions on the site; one that is an 8-1/2 X 11 that you have to access a section at a time and a "Green Book" version that you can scroll through. Here is the link for the "Green Book" version.
Call for Proposals
- Illinois Water 2014 Call for Session
The Illinois Water Resource Center invites you to submit a proposal for sessions at the 2014 Illinois Water Conference, held October 14-15 at the Illini Union on the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign campus. To submit, complete the application or email the pertinent details to Corrie Layfield (email@example.com) by Friday, March 28. You will be notified of the status of your proposal by April 11
Careers in the Water Industry
- Water You Waiting For?
“Water You Waiting For?” is a 12-minute video showcasing the water profession for high school and/or vocational technical school students. This video highlights the water profession in four areas—the value of water, job responsibilities, career successes, and environmental contribution. The video is designed so that each of these chapters can either be viewed separately, appealing to that student’s curiosity, or can be viewed in it's entirety.
- CCR Report Rule Delivery Options
The regulatory requirement to directly deliver the CCR remains unchanged. However the U.S. EPA realizes that utilities communicate with their customers differently than when the CCR Rule was originally drafted. The interpretative memo from the U.S. EPA was signed January 3, 2013. It describes ways water supplies can approach electronic delivery to bill paying customers and still meet current regulatory requirements.
- City of Elgin
Beginning in 2000, systems must deliver reports for the previous year by July 1. Parent supplies must deliver information to their satellites (Elgin sells water to the Villages of Sleepy Hollow and Bartlett) by April 19, and annually thereafter.
- Moline Water Division
The Moline Water Division provides continuous high quality, economical water, and services to the citizens of Moline. Using the Mississippi River as our source, we treat, pump, and meter water to over 17,000 homes and businesses. We are responsible for the operation, maintenance, and upgrade of the city's extensive water supply system. Moline's drinking water supply system must function reliably on a 24/7 basis to protect the public health and support our standard of living and local economy, as our community requires more than 5 million gallons of water on an average day.
- O'Fallon CCR Report
If you have any questions about this report or concerning your water system, please contact Heide Bell in the Public Works Department at 618-624-4500 ext. 3. We want our valued customers to be informed about their water quality. If you would like to learn more, please feel welcome to attend any of our regularly scheduled Public Works Committee meetings held at City Hall on the 4th Monday of each month at 7:00 P.M.
Childrens Events - Outreach
- Iowa Children's Water Festival
This year, the Iowa Children's Water Festival is celebrating its 18th year of educating Iowa students about the importance of water!
Fishing Did you know?
• More than 2,000 Iowa 5th graders attend the Festival each year!
• More than 200 Volunteers are needed each year!
• There are more than 60 Presenters/Exhibitors!
• There are stage shows, games, and poster and essay contests!
• IT'S FUN, FREE AND EDUCATIONAL!
- 2015 Abstract Submission
Please complete all of the fields below for abstract submission for the 8th Annual Water Distribution Conference to be held on Tuesday, April 28, 2015. All presentations are to be based on scientific data and research and are not to be product specific. Any product specific abstracts selected may be assigned to the New Products Session.
DEADLINE FOR SUBMISSION: December 1, 2014
- 2015 Tank Calendar Contest
The Illinois Section AWWA Water Distribution Committee is proud to announce the 2015 tank calendar photo contest which will be a part of the 8th Annual Water Distribution Conference to be held on Tuesday, April 28, 2015 in Addison, Illinois.
The Water Distribution committee is collecting submissions of your water tower which will be voted on, and featured in a calendar to be distributed at the 2015 Water Distribution Conference and included in the summer issue of SPLASH magazine which is mailed to over 2,000 Illinois Section AWWA members.
If you are proud of your tower’s paint job or have a unique logo/lettering design that you would like to share with the Illinois Section AWWA membership, we want your tower picture!
- Resource Guide to Improve Your Community's Awareness
This resource guide offers research-based strategies and a descriptions of numerous resources that can help law enforcement agencies and community partners to build and sustain efforts that improve their community’s awareness and reporting of suspicious activity. Developed by the International Association of Chiefs of Police and the Federal Emergency Management Agency, these publications support efforts happening in numerous communities across the nation, as well as national initiatives such as the Nationwide Suspicious Activity Reporting Initiative, the Department of Homeland Security’s “If You See Something, Say Something ™” campaign, and President Obama’s Strategy for Empowering Local Partners to Prevent Violent Extremism in the United States.
- Acidizing could rival fracking in Monterey Shale
San Francisco Chronicle news article.
- Article from the times
To Frack or Not to Frack in Illinois
New legislation that will regulate fracking in the state has divided environmentalists. BY Marla Donato and students of DePaul University
- British Minister Says Fracking is safe
British Minister Says Fracking is safe
- California Plans Tighter Control of Fracking, But Not Enough for Some
California drillers eager to use hydraulic fracturing to tap the nation’s largest oil shale formation will face comprehensive regulation for the first time next year under rules issued this week.
The rules take effect on Jan. 1, though they will be replaced a year later by permanent regulations that are still being developed but are expected to be similar. In September, Gov. Jerry Brown signed a law that established the outlines for the regulations.
- Drinking Water Should Not be Flammable!
YOUTUBE VIDEO: What the Actual Frack from Caitlin Davis on Vimeo.
- EPA Acknowledges Pavillion Study Deficiencies
API Group Director of Upstream and Industry Operations Erik Milito welcomed recently announcement from the EPA that said flawed water testing results from Pavillion, Wyo., would not be part of its hydraulic fracturing review.
“America needs to know EPA is employing appropriate scientific methods for its water quality testing,” said Milito. “EPA has to do a better job because another fatally flawed water study could have a big impact on how the nation develops its massive energy resources.”
- EPA official links fracking and drinking water issues in Dimock, Pa
Drilling for natural gas caused “significant damage” to drinking-water aquifers in a Pennsylvania town at the center of a fight over the safety of hydraulic fracturing, according to a report prepared by a federal official
- EPA Report on Hydrofracturing
At the request of Congress, EPA is conducting a study to better understand any potential impacts of hydraulic fracturing on drinking water and ground water. The scope of the research includes the full lifespan of water in hydraulic fracturing.
- Food and Water Watch: Dallas Fracking Ordinance a Huge Step Forward in Oil Country
Dallas City Council decided to enact restrictions on oil and gas drilling in Dallas. Thanks FracDallas and other community organizations commitment to protecting their community from the environmental and public health effects of drilling and fracking, the activity has now been blocked from taking place within 1,500 feet of a home, business or church. This is an example of the importance of keeping shared resources under public control
The GWPC also helped to establish the FracFocus website. More than 200 energy-producing companies have registered over 15,000 well sites through FracFocus. This success is the result of nationally recognized organizations working with the oil and natural gas industry to provide public transparency. Learn more and see highlights from the first year of FracFocus. see: http://fracfocus.org/
- Fracking boom pushes US oil output to 25-year high
U.S. crude production rose to the highest level in a quarter-century as a shale drilling boom in states such as Texas and North Dakota cut the need for foreign oil and pushed the country closer to energy independence. U.S. oil production grew 18 percent in the past 12 months, the fastest pace on record, boosting fuel exports and reducing reliance on imports, according to the EIA. Imported crude and petroleum products will dip to 28 percent of domestic demand next year, the lowest since 1985 and down from a peak of 60 percent in 2005.
- Fracking companies claim South Wales holds six times UK's annual gas consumption
Fracking companies believe drilling for shale gas in South Wales could provide amount to six times the UK’s entire 2011 consumption. Supporters of “fracking” have pointed to dramatic reductions to energy bills and the wholesale price of gas in the US but have said the procedure can lead to environmental damage contamination of water supplies and earthquakes. There are opinions that the shale gas opportunity will keep prices stable or prevent upward movement. of prices, in a substantial scenario.”
- Fracking does not pose risks
Fracking 'does not pose risk to water supplies': Scientists find contamination in highly-publicised cases was from leaky drilling wells
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2758734/Fracking-does-not-pose-risk-water-supplies-Scientists-contamination-highly-publicised-cases-leaky-drilling-wells.html#ixzz3Dg5fv6RY
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- Fracking goes global
Despite environmental concerns, the technology that revolutionized the energy industry is spreading all over the world.
- Fracking is coming to Illinois
Fracking is coming to Illinois.
The state, which has sat on the sidelines as new technologies using high-pressure fracturing techniques to extract natural gas have launched energy booms in long-dormant states, could see a boomlet of its own in coming months.
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- Fracking Issue Is Personal For Rep. Jared Polis
BERTHOUD, Colo. (CBS4) – Rep. Jared Polis says he won’t stop trying to get oil and gas drilling out of his neighborhood. The congressman has been active in the fracking debate in Colorado for years and has even sponsored several bills to regulate it.
Polis has vowed to keep fighting after a judge said he wouldn’t stop drilling near land he owns. He says this is a different kind of battle for him
- 'Fracking' Wastewater That Is Treated For Drinking Produces Potentially Harmful Compounds
Was found that discharge of fracking wastewaters to rivers, even after passage through wastewater treatment plants, could be putting the drinking water supplies of downstream cities at risk due to is highly radioactivity and content of high levels of heavy metals and salts called halides. Halide-contaminated surface water subsequently treated for drinking purposes with conventional methods, such as chlorination or ozonation, could lead to the formation of toxic byproducts even at concentrations as low as 0.01 percent up to 0.1 percent by volume of fracking wastewater. The researchers recommend either that fracking wastewater should not be discharged at all into surface waters.
- Fracking water licence process angers B.C. First Nation
A First Nation in northeastern B.C. is demanding the provincial government take more precautions before awarding water licences to companies for natural gas fracking.
Fracking, or hydraulic fracturing, is a controversial practice that involves injecting water deep into the earth to extract shale gas. In order to break the rock and free the gas trapped inside of it, companies inject a combination of water, sand and chemicals underground at high pressure.
- Fracking: Is exploration a danger to earth or much-needed boost to energy
Hydraulic fracturing, known as fracking, has split public opinion and led to protests in England. So what is it? Explore CNN's interactive to find out.
- Fracking: The Good, The Bad, And The Possibilities
If we're going to keep fracking, there are ways that we can make it safer, cleaner, and waste vastly less water.
- Has Fracking Gone Green?
From The Editor | June 6, 2014
Has Fracking Gone ‘Green'?
By Kevin Westerling
There are few topics more controversial these days than hydraulic fracturing ("fracking"). While the debate rages on as to whether fracking poses a risk to water quality, a new desalination technique addresses two other environmental concerns: water scarcity and greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions. Developed by researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC), the breakthrough technology uses excess carbon dioxide created in the fracking process to desalinate the process water, making it available for water reuse.
- Hydraulic fracturing - is it Safe?
Less than a decade ago, natural gas prices in the United States were among the highest in the world. However, in the last five years, domestic natural gas reserves have grown 30 percent due to technological advances in the use of hydraulic fracturing, a drilling method that is coupled with directional drilling to access underground reservoirs of oil and gas. This technological breakthrough had an immediate impact on natural gas prices, causing them to plummet and remain low to the present time.
- Hydraulic fracturing proposal draws
LANSING, Mich. -- A proposal to drill as many as 500 wells in Michigan's northern Lower Peninsula by using hydraulic fracturing is attracting attention and criticism from environmentalists.
Read more here: http://www.miamiherald.com/2013/07/29/3528745/hydraulic-fracturing-proposal.html#storylink=cpy
- Hydraulic Fracturing: Beyond Name Calling to Real Environmental Protection (a four-part series)
Hydraulic Fracturing: Beyond Name Calling to Real Environmental Protection (a four-part series)
Part 1-Knowing Your Watershed and Assessing Potential Environmental, Economic, and Social Impacts
This event was originally broadcast on January 15, 2013 and is now available for on-demand viewing.
- Illinois' new law regulating horizontal hydraulic fracturing
Illinois' new law regulating horizontal hydraulic fracturing doesn't kick in until 80,000 gallons of fluid is injected into underground rock formations to extract oil and gas.
- In Germany, Chicago energy experts find lessons for Midwest
Chicago energy experts who spent a week in Germany and Brussels in mid-November on a fact-finding expedition came back with a complicated take on Germany’s famous Energiewende, the sweeping transition to clean and renewable energy.
- In Mississippi, a power plant is designed to shape the future of coal
A $5-billion power plant is being constructed at the mouth of a mine for lignite coal in rural Kemper County, Miss. If successful, up to 65% of the plant's potential carbon dioxide emissions would be removed.
- Judge Rules Administration Overlooked fracking Risks in California mineral leases
A federal judge has ruled the Obama administration broke the law when it issued oil leases in central California without fully weighing the environmental impact of "fracking," a setback for companies seeking to exploit the region's enormous energy resources.
- Make sure fracking is done right
Make sure fracking is done right
- Measuring the Safety of Shale Gas Drilling
YOUTUBE VIDEO: Melinda Chapman and Sharon Fitzgerald discuss the U.S. Geological Survey groundwater sampling program to characterize water-suppy well water quality in the area of North Carolina with potential for shale gas production. The sampling program is designed to provide a pre-devolpment baseline that can be compared with well-water quality after shale gas development has occurred to assess any impacts on water quality.
- Michigan Proposes Fracking Rules to Protect Water
Concerns about the potential environmental effects of fracking have spurred new regulations in Michigan.
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality proposed new regulations this month that would slap reporting and monitoring requirements on drilling companies, affecting how oil and gas companies approach water issues
- New Guidance to Protect America's Water....
A group of water experts has released new guidance for U.S. resource managers to expand the availability of clean water through the conservation and restoration of forests and other natural infrastructure. The publication, Natural Infrastructure: Investing in Forested Landscapes for Source Water Protection in the United States, builds on several innovative efforts across the United States and provides real world examples where water managers are saving money by investing in natural infrastructure.
- North Dakota's Salty Fracked Wells Drink More Water to Keep Oil Flowing
It's well known that water has been key to the shale oil and gas rush in the United States. But in one center of the hydraulic fracturing boom—North Dakota—authorities are finding that the initial blast of water to frack the wells is only the beginning.
The wells being drilled into the prairie to tap into the Bakken shale need "maintenance water"—lots of it—to keep the oil flowing. (See related photos: "Bakken Shale Boom Transforms North Dakota.")
- Oil And Gas Companies Look To Recycle Fracking Water
A growing number of oil and gas companies are sold on the idea of recycling wastewater.
- PA Boom City Keeps Optimism as Gas Drilling Slows
The Marcellus Shale industry, which arrived in this northern Pennsylvania city five years ago and turned Williamsport into the seventh-fastest-growing area in the nation, appears to have lost some momentum.
Economic activity in this city affectionately known as "Billtown" has subsided noticeably in the last year as the pace of drilling natural gas wells slowed in response to low gas prices.
Statewide, exploration companies drilled 30 percent fewer wells in 2012 and are on course to drill even fewer this year. About half as many drilling rigs are operating in Pennsylvania now as in early 2012, when the rigs began moving to more lucrative oil-producing regions.
- Permission for wastewater to be moved on rivers debated Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/business/2013/12/15/River-routes/stories/201312150077#ixzz2oPcRVLFS
The U.S. Coast Guard is mulling over hundreds of comments on whether to permit water from fractured wells to be moved on the rivers but proponents and opponents, remain sharply divided over how much of a threat that would pose to the environment, the nation's water supply and workers. Wastewater can either be reused, treated or stored underground by injecting it into wells. Drillers currently move it by truck and rail. Proponents of moving it on the river say barge operators have a better safety and environmental record than truck or rail operators. Opponents, meanwhile, want a more complete study.
- Press ahead with fracking - Deben
Lord Deben said that exploiting Britain's reserves of shale gas could provide a secure source of energy for decades without wrecking the environment. He said that "I'm in favour of it. "It just isn't true that fracking is going to destroy the environment and the world is going to come to an end if you frack”.He believes that there will be a need for gas (and) much better to have it from theirself.
- Record of pre-exploitation gas levels in the groundwater
The report, commissioned by the Strategic Environmental Assessment Committee on Shale Gas, provides a benchmark for naturally occurring levels of pollution. This will help scientists prove definitively whether fracking causes groundwater pollution by establishing the concentrations of methane, ethane, propane, helium and radon found in the groundwater in a location where fracking has yet to occur.
- SB 3280, standards for extraction from shale.
On Thursday, April 26, 2012, the Illinois State Senate unanimously passed a bill, SB 3280,setting standards for the extraction of hydrocarbons from shale using hydraulic fracturing, known as “fracking,” in Illinois. Fracking uses a mixture of water, sand and chemicals to reach underground gas reserves. Drilling activity is expected to occur in southern Illinois near the New Albany Shale formation. SB 3280 has been described as a compromise between the various stakeholders, including industry, landowners and environmental groups.
- Study Finds Radioactive Fracking Water In Stream
Now there's even more information for fracking proponents and environmentalists to disagree on.
For a quick reminder, fracking (or hydraulic fracturing) is the process of withdrawing natural gas from shale rock layers within the earth. It is of particular interest to the water sector because of its byproducts. "The shale is hydraulically fractured with water and other fracking fluids," according to the pro-fracking site Energy From Shale. That means wastewater is leftover at the end. Currently, there is an energetic debate about the dangers of that water and how to clean it.
- Tech From MIT May Clean Up Fracking Wastewater
Gradiant Corporation of Massachusetts is testing the possibility of a new technology called GRADIANT to treat frac water. During the process a) the water is pretreated to remove oil and grease and solid particles b) heats the saline water c) sprays it into a porous saturating air with water vapor d) water-saturated air is then pumped up through tiny holes in a series of shallow, water-filled trays,"
"As bubbles pass through the water in the trays, the water vapor in the bubbles condenses and joins the water it is passing through, creating more fresh water.
- The Science Is Settled: Fracking Is Safe
The article exhibits the safety of hydraulic fracturing based on a new study. A research relating the link between groundwater pollution and fracking was conducted. Between 130 wells examined, only seven wells in Pennsylvania and one in Texas was to blame for the seepage of gases into groundwater due to faulty well construction or cementing. The fracked well sites were subjected to a newly developed process in order to determine whether pollution in proximity to a drilling site is naturally occurring or associated with drilling and whether the release of gases resulted from fracking itself or from seepage around well casings. The new report proves beyond doubt that fracking itself does not cause gas to seep into the water supply
- Tilting at Gas Wells: What's the Best Way to Defend Your Community from Fracking?
What kind of community fracking bans make sense?
Federal and state governments largely have embraced the oil-and-gas boom sparked by hydraulic fracturing. Fracking is a key part of Obama's "all of the above" energy strategy. States such as Texas have long touted its economic benefits, while the candidates for governor in Pennsylvania have moved the debate past the question of whether to frack to the question of how to make the most money from it.
- Tracking Fracking Reporting
The report, commissioned by the Strategic Environmental Assessment Committee on Shale Gas, provides a benchmark for naturally occurring levels of pollution. This will help scientists prove definitively whether fracking causes groundwater pollution by establishing the concentrations of methane, ethane, propane, helium and radon found in the groundwater in a location where fracking has yet to occur. 14% of the wells exhibited concentrations of methane greater than seven milligrams per litre and elevated concentrations of helium. In several cases in the US where very high concentrations of methane were found in the vicinity of fracking sites, energy companies could not be held legally responsible for the contamination simply because there was no record of pre-exploitation gas levels in the groundwater.
- US Land to achieve record frac stage counts in 2013
HOUSTON, Nov. 22, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Based on its latest PumpingIQ hydraulic fracturing report, PacWest Consulting Partners forecasts that the US Land market will complete a record number of hydraulic fracturing stages in 2013. Despite lower US rig counts, increasing frac efficiencies and a higher number of horizontal wells are driving the growth in total frac stages. PacWest does not expect improvements in market pricing for frac services until 2015.
- What the Frac?
Myth 1. Fracking is a drilling technique and monitored with an electric evaluation log used to help decide if and how a well should be fracked.
Myth 2. Fracking is new. Fracking is nothing new; in 1947, the oil and gas industry discovered the method as a way of improving production in the country's oil wells.
Myth 3. Fracking is explosive.
Hydraulic fracturing replaced shooting because it is safer and far more effective
Myth 4. causes earthquakes. 1.3 million earthquakes were registered Between 1900 and 1999. Fracking begun at 1947
Myth 5: Fracking contaminates groundwater. If it contaminates drinking water, it would have done so long before now.
- XTO Energy Settlement
(Washington, DC - July 18, 2013) The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Justice announced a settlement with XTO Energy Inc., a subsidiary of Exxon Mobil Corporation, to resolve an alleged violation of the Clean Water Act (CWA) related to the discharge of wastewater from XTO’s Penn Township, Pa. facility used for the storage of wastewater generated by natural gas exploration, commonly known as fracking, and production.
- Drink Tap
- Metropolitan Planning Council
The Connector is MPC's blog, written primarily by MPC staff members, with occasional guest posts from volunteers and partners.
- Our Water Counts
Making Water Count For More
Worldwide, we count on water resources to do more every day — to supply a growing population and to meet rising energy needs. But utilities with aging systems struggle to keep up. Underdeveloped countries continue to suffer under the staggering burdens of waterborne disease and limited water access. Even developed countries face water management inefficiencies that put health at risk.
- Public Utility Management Blog
Public Utilty Management Blog
- Thirsty in Suburbia
Thirsty in Suburbia documents things from the world of water that make us smile, particularly funny, amusing and weird items on drinking water, bottled water, water towers, water marketing, recycling, water-themed music, the art-water nexus and working.
- Display calls attention to water conservation.
Surprise has a 16-foot water tower displayed at City Hall to emphasize the importance of water conservation.
The tower features water bottles in the shape of a pyramid to show how much water is used daily. The display also contains informational materials from EPCOR Water for ways to reduce water usage
- Private Well Education
This free online course helps homeowners understand and care for their water well. Through ten weekly lessons and monthly webinar trainings, private well owners will learn the basics of managing and protecting their water source. Lessons begin January 1, 2013 but enrollment is ongoing.
- Septic Smart Homeowners
Did you know that one-quarter of all U.S. homes have septic systems? Yours may be one of them. If you’re not properly maintaining your septic system, you’re not only hurting the environment, you’re putting your family’s health at risk—and may be flushing thousands of dollars down the drain!
- From the office of the Governor of Illinois
1.Halt the increasing pension pressure on the budget and its far-Reaching effects NOW because it can’t wait
2.Ensure retirement security for our teachers and others
3.Secure the Illinois that we want for our kids and grandkids and future generations
- LA Faces $15 Billion Bill As Pipes Spring Leaks
From buckling sidewalks to potholed thoroughfares to storm drains that can’t handle a little rain, the infrastructure that holds the second-largest U.S. city together is suffering from years of deferred maintenance. Bringing pipes that deliver water to 3.9 million people up to snuff could cost $4 billion -- more than half the city’s annual operating budget. The bill for repaving streets will be almost that much, according to estimates from a city consultant, and patching or replacing cracked sidewalks will require $640 million.
Members in the news
- Quad Cities Water Departments Form Coalition
MOLINE -- A local coalition has been formed to find ways to protect water and respond to spills and other contamination in the Mississippi River.
The municipal water departments in Moline, Rock Island and East Moline, along with Iowa American Water and the Rock Island Arsenal have created the Quad Cities Area Mississippi River Water Suppliers Coalition.
Other water organizations and focuses
- Center for Neighborhood Technology
Since 1978, Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) has been a leader in promoting urban sustainability—the more effective use of existing resources and community assets to improve the health of natural systems and the wealth of people, today and in the future.
CNT is a creative think-and-do tank that combines rigorous research with effective solutions. CNT works across disciplines and issues, including transportation and community development, energy, water, and climate change.
- Central Groundwater Protection Committee
The mission of the Committee is to advocate groundwater protection practices and procedures to municipal, county, state, and other local unit of government throughout the Central Planning Region.
- Central Groundwater Protection Planning Region
Peoria, Tazewell, Woodford, and Mason Counties in Illinois. The Central Groundwater Protection Planning Committee has worked on several groundwater protection activities, including the City of Pekin's Groundwater Protection Area Ordinance and the Tazewell County Groundwater Protection Area Ordinance. Both of these efforts have been nationally recognized by the Groundwater Foundation. For further details, see the Committee's Web page at http://www.crgw.net/ . They have also been involved with the Marquette Heights Maximum Setback Zone and with the development of the Pleasant Valley Regulated Recharge Area.
- Central States Water Environment Association
To provide a Water Environment Federation (WEF) organization (Illinois, Minnesota, Wisconsin) offering multiple opportunities for the exchange of water quality knowledge and experiences among its members and the
public and to foster a greater awareness of water quality achievements and
Metropolitan Chicago is one of the world’s great economic centers, but
we cannot take quality of life for granted. The region needs to implement its comprehensive plan to keep our communities and economy strong.
- East Central Regional Groundwater Supply Planning Committee
To serve as the planning committee to consider the current and future issues of water supply and demand, and to develop plans that will be recommended to appropriate local, county and state units of government and others for implementation and action.
- Green Community Connections
Food & Water Watch is a non-profit organization that advocates for common sense policies that will result in healthy, safe food and access to safe and affordable drinking water. Their staff, located in 15 offices in the United States, works with a range of constituencies to inform and hold policymakers accountable.
- Mahomet Aquifer Consortium
Mission statement: To further study the Mahomet aquifer system, the river basins and surface waters located in the 15 county regional water supply planning area and to develop and recommend options for the planning and management of these valuable public resources.
- Northeastern Groundwater Protection Planning Region
Kane, Kendall, Will, and Kankakee counties in Illinois. Abandoned well sealing program, Dupage County Middle School Teacher Training Workshop, Groundwater Education Lending Libraries, and much more.
- Northern Groundwater Protection Planning Region
Winnebago, Boone, and McHenry counties in Illinois.
- Northwest Planning Alliance
NWPA's goal is to provide a sustainable water supply for the NWPA region in a manner that is both economically and environmentally sound.
Has a great resource center with ready-to-use information.
- Northwest Water Planning Alliance
Northwest Water Planning Alliance Newsletter
- Southern Groundwater Protection Planning Committee
Madison, Monroe, St. Clair, and Randolph counties in Illinois.
- West Shore Water Producers Association
West Shore Water Producers Association
Safety Training Resources
- OSHA On-Site Consultations
The On-site Consultation Program's Safety and Health Achievement Recognition Program (SHARP) recognizes small business employers who operate an exemplary injury and illness prevention program. Acceptance of your worksite into SHARP from OSHA is an achievement of status that singles you out among your business peers as a model for worksite safety and health. Upon receiving SHARP recognition, OSHA exempts your worksite from OSHA programmed inspections during the period that your SHARP certification is valid.
- AWWA Small Systems Resource Center
To reach the AWWA small sytems helpdesk, call 303.347.6285 or email questions to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com
- EPA Small Systems Website
This Web site is designed to help small system owners and operators, state and tribal agencies, technical assistance providers, and consumers learn more about helping small water systems provide safe drinking water and protect public health. Every state has a capacity development program to help small systems improve their finances, management, infrastructure, and operations.
- Illinois Rural Water Association
The primary goal of Illinois Rural Water Association is professional,
efficient operation of water and wastewater systems through education and on-site assistance, working on a one-to-one basis, and addressing problems from the system level.
- Operator Information Source
SmallWaterSupply.org is a free service, grant-funded to support water and wastewater operators with comprehensive resources and information in one easy-to-use place.
- - NEW - Project 4176a – Developing a Vision and Roadmap for Source Water Protection for US Drinking Water Utilities
Project 4176a – Developing a Vision and Roadmap for Source Water Protection for US Drinking Water Utilities
- California drought: Lawmakers consider historic rules to limit groundwater pumping
In what would be the most significant water law passed in California in nearly 50 years, lawmakers in Sacramento are working with Gov. Jerry Brown on a landmark measure to regulate groundwater pumping for the first time.
- DNR Fracking rules
TABLE OF CONTENTS
December 1, 2014 Volume 38, Issue 48
NATURAL RESOURCES, DEPARTMENT OF
The Illinois Oil and Gas Act
62 Ill. Adm. Code 240............................................................................22052
Hydraulic Fracturing Regulatory Act
62 Ill. Adm. Code 245............................................................................22067
- Ground Water Depletion in the US
Groundwater Depletion in the United States (1900−2008)
By Leonard F. Konikow
A natural consequence of groundwater withdrawals is the removal of water from subsurface storage, but the overall
rates and magnitude of groundwater depletion in the United
States are not well characterized.
- If You Think the Water Crisis Can't Get Worse, Wait Until the Aquifers Are Drained
Aquifers provide us freshwater that makes up for surface water lost from drought-depleted lakes, rivers, and reservoirs. We are drawing down these hidden, mostly nonrenewable groundwater supplies at unsustainable rates in the western United States and in several dry regions globally, threatening our future.
- State Source Water Protection Plan Guides and Templates Now Available on ASDWA Web Site
ASDWA has posted a collection of twenty states’ source water protection plan guides (including Illinois), templates, and other useful links and documents on our web site. The collection of these resources was prompted by the State of West Virginia’s request for this information, as a means to help them implement their new source water protection planning law, in the aftermath of the Elk River chemical spill. We hope that other states also find these resources valuable for conducting source water protection planning efforts in their own states. Please visit the new web page by going to www.asdwa.org/sourcewaterprotection scrolling down to “State Source Water Web Sites.” While visiting the web site, be sure to check out all of the other great resources, tools, and links that are available for your use.
- Tampa Bay Water is able to assess current conditions and predict regional trends
Wetlands are particularly vulnerable to human activity and changes in land use, and therefore are carefully monitored and protected by federal, state and local laws. This article indicates how Tampa Bay Water is able to assess current conditions and predict regional trends
- The Groundwater Foundation
Educating people and inspiring action to ensure sustainable, clean groundwater for future generations.
- Waste Management Debuts New Renewable Natural Gas Facility
Waste Management (NYSE: WM) celebrated the opening of a unique Renewable Natural Gas Facility creating pipeline-ready natural gas from the landfill gas produced at its Milam Landfill in Fairmont City, Illinois.
- Watershed Coalition
The NWC is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) Coalition (F.E.I.N. no. 84-1142882) (Dun & Bradstreet Number, DUNS, 09-053-1299) made up of national, regional, state, and local organizations, associations, and individuals, that advocate dealing with natural resource problems and issues using watersheds as the planning and implementation unit.
- Wetlands A Treasured Water Resource for the Tampa Bay
The article shows the way to preserve and protect the wetlands. Wetlands are an important part of Florida’s ecosystem and water supply, and their preservation is essential. They remove excess nutrients, toxic substances and sediment from water that flows through them, helping to improve downstream water quality and the overall health of the waters in our communities.
- Wetlands and the aquifer serve as a natural filtration system for rainfall and runoff
Tampa Bay regional water supply was once 100 percent groundwater Wetlands and the aquifer serve as a natural filtration system for rainfall and runoff. Wetlands and the aquifer serve as a natural filtration system for rainfall and runoff. This makes wetlands a vital part of our environment and a critical part of our clean drinking water supply.
Sprinkler Issues - Regulatory
Student Financial Resources
- Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling
Illinois Association for College Admission Counseling
- Illinois Association of Student Financial Aid Advisors
ILASFAA provides workshops, professional development, and conference opportunities for our members along with representation of our profession at the state, regional and national levels. None of this would be possible without the hard work and dedication of the volunteers that make up the ILASFAA association.
- Illinois Scholarship Search
Illinois Scholarship Search
- Illinois Section Listing of scholarship
Applicant must be a high school or college student who is either an Illinois resident or enrolled in an Illinois college or university pursuing a degree related to the water industry. This includes, but is not limited to such fields of study as civil or environmental engineering, environmental science and policy, chemistry, biology, or water resource management. Selection based on merit/academic performance, leadership/extracurricular activities, recommendation letters, personal statement outlining qualifications for the award, and essay on how applicant envisions contributing to the water industry in the future. Applicants with prior experience in the water industry are preferred.
- Online colleges in Illinois
Explore your distance education options, and search through our comprehensive database of accredited colleges and universities in Illinois with online offerings. Filter your list of schools according to your preferences for school type, and further narrow your choices by sorting your resulting schools by tuition, graduation rate, and more.
228 Scholarships Available
- What's Next Illinois
Find everything you need to plan for the college of your choice in Illinois.
- Energy Conservation for Kids
Energy is very important. It is something that kids need and use every day at home and at school. In fact, some form of energy is used just about anywhere that you can imagine! It is also something that adults talk, worry, and have concerns about. One of the things that they worry about is called energy conservation. When you hear the words "conserving" and "conservation," it means to use less of something. If you are using less of something, then you are saving it: If you are conserving energy, that means you are saving it by using less of it. Energy conservation is just as important as energy itself. It is also something that kids can help with.
- Energy Savers Guide: Tips on Saving Money and Energy at Home
Energy Saver provides homeowners with tips for saving money and energy at home and on the road. By following just a few of the simple tips here in the Energy Saver guide section of the website, you can make your home more comfortable and easier to heat and cool -- while you save money. We bring you the latest information on energy-saving, efficient technologies. We even give tips for using clean, renewable energy to power your home.
- Protecting & Restoring Forests
Last week, American Forests launched its first-ever petition through TakePart’s Take Action forum — a letter to President Obama to make forests play an important role in the country’s climate change plan — and have seen a tremendous amount of people from across the world sign on.
Forests across the country and world are succumbing to a range of threats, from drought and wildfire to pests and diseases, all of which are exacerbated by climate change.
Forests across the country and world are succumbing to a range of threats, from drought and wildfire to pests and diseases, all of which are exacerbated by climate change.
President Obama announced the initiative in July, highlighting rising temperatures, carbon pollution, and the country’s preparedness for the impacts of climate change.
- Save Water When Traveling
Thank you for Mrs. Powell's California Daisy Troop for this information:
Water conservation has always been an important part of our role in society. While water is a renewable resource, we must be careful with the amounts that we use on a daily basis because water is not a sustainable resource. Many people are conscious of the ways in which they use water at home, but what about when they travel? Most of the time, people who are traveling on a family vacation or similar types of getaways tend to forget about the realities of everyday life and waste food, water, and electricity during their time away. A vacation day should be treated just like every other day when it comes to conservation, particularly of water.
- Simple Ways to Protect Our Earth: Kids’ Edition
PBS information -- What's not to love about spring? The sun brightens our days a little bit longer. Kids get to explore outside a little longer, too. As we appreciate the beauty that the natural world offers us, it's only fair that we return the favor. How? Encourage your child to respect our planet and to accept her role in protecting it.
US EPA Resources
- 2014 National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation
2014 National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation
EPA is encouraging cities to participate in the annual National Mayor's Challenge for Water Conservation, a non-profit community service campaign for cities across the nation to supplement their water conservation and education efforts. Now in its
third year, the mayor's challenge promotes a long-lasting mindset of water conservation at a time when changing climate, growing populations, drought conditions, and an aging water delivery infrastructure are impacting the future availability of this resource. Watch the video here. Read more about the water pledge at: www.mywaterpledge.com.
- Check Up Program for Small Systems (asset mgmt)
CUPSS is a free, easy-to-use, asset management tool for small drinking water and wastewater utilities. CUPSS provides a simple, comprehensive approach based on EPA's highly successful Simple Tools for Effective Performance (STEP) Guide series. Use CUPSS to help you develop
A record of your assets
A schedule of required tasks
An understanding of your financial situation
A tailored asset management plan
- WaterSense Best Practices
WaterSense has developed WaterSense at Work, a compilation of water-efficiency best management practices, to help commercial and institutional facilities understand and better manage their water use, help facilities establish an effective water management program and identify projects and practices that can reduce facility water use.
- Watershed Academy Webcast Seminars
Mon. April 7, 2014 Webcast on "Waters of the U.S. Proposed Rule"
Nancy Stoner, Acting Assistant Administrator, Office of Water, U.S. EPA
Donna Downing, Jurisdiction Team Leader, Wetlands Division, U.S. EPA
Join us to learn more about the recent U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (Army Corps) jointly released proposed rule to clarify protection under the Clean Water Act for streams and wetlands that form the foundation of the nation's water resources. The proposed rule will benefit businesses by increasing efficiency in determining coverage of the Clean Water Act. This Webcast will provide a broad overview of the proposed rule and its costs and benefits. View the proposed rule.
2 hour Webcast
1 pm - 3:00 pm Eastern 12 pm - 2:00 pm Central 11 am - 1:00 pm Mountain 10 am - 12:00 pm Pacific
- M.O.S. to J-O-B Webinar Recording
I’m pleased to announce that the MOS to JOB webinar recording has been uploaded and is available for viewing. Parts of the webinar were edited out to shorten the time and size of the file (only live polling was removed). If anyone has problems accessing the recording, please let me know. Also, please pass this link on to anyone you think might be interested or that may benefit from listening to the webinar.
National Operator Certification / Water Workforce Coordinator
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
1200 Constitution Ave., NW
Washington, DC 20460
Room 2368N EPA East; mailcode 4606M
ph: (202) 564-4719
Videos online (youtube or other)
- Conserve Water PSA
This water conservation PSA was put together by some Evanston children. We worked with the City’s summer “Media Camp” to get them to do some water-related videos as their summer projects. Amazing results!
Kristin Rehg, P.E.
Evanston Utilities Department
- Liquid Assets Video
Liquid Assets is a public media and outreach initiative that seeks to inform the nation about the critical role that our water infrastructure plays in protecting public health and promoting economic prosperity.
Combining a ninety-minute documentary with a community toolkit for facilitating local involvement, Liquid Assets explores the history, engineering, and political and economic challenges of our water infrastructure, and engages communities in local discussion about public water and wastewater issues.
Water Alliances - Regional
- Northwest Water Planning Alliance
The Northwest Water Planning Alliance (NWPA), formed by intergovernmental agreements, seeks to collaboratively plan for and steward our shared river and groundwater resources to ensure a sustainable water supply for the people, economy, environment, and future generations.
- Northwest Water Planning Alliance
Resources from the Northwest Water Planning Alliance - including water bill inserts, sample ordinances and presentations.
- Drip Calculator
Use AWWA's online tool to estimate water waste and learn how much water you could be saving.
Water Bill Insert Resources
- • Summary about Georgia’s effective, statewide training program on AWWA’s M36 method and associated free software
Summary about Georgia’s effective, statewide training program on AWWA’s M36 method and associated free software
- • Survey report about water loss practices in the Great Lakes States
Survey report about water loss practices in the Great Lakes States
- A television interview with Danielle Gallet on CNT’s The Case for Fixing the Leaks repor
A television interview with Danielle Gallet on CNT’s The Case for Fixing the Leaks report we put out late last year: http://www.cnt.org/resources/the-case-for-fixing-the-leaks/
- Alternative Stormwater Management
Alternative Stormwater Management from City of Evanston.
- Control and Mitigation of Drinking Water Losses in Distribution Systems
Control and Mitigation of Drinking Water Losses in Distribution Systems
- Ear to the Ground
Ever since Dallas Water Utilities targeted water conservation awareness in 2001, the pattern has been to run a campaign for two years, then move on to a new concept.
In November, however, DWU and the Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD) decided to extend their Lawn Whisperer campaign into a third year. “We usually like to keep the campaigns fresh,” says Carole Davis, water conservation division manager. “But this has been a very effective campaign, so we want to get the most out of it that we can.”
- Radio interview with Danielle Gallet
Radio interview with Danielle Gallet on the report about CNT’s The Case for Fixing the Leaks report we put out late last year: http://www.cnt.org/resources/the-case-for-fixing-the-leaks/
- Save North Texas
You're being directed to a water conservation website for your area.
For specific information about your city's programs and possible
watering restrictions, please go to your city's website
- Strategies for Saving Energy at Public Water Supplies
Strategies for Saving Energy at Public Water Supplies
- The Case for Fixing the Leaks brief (with David’s foreword
The Case for Fixing the Leaks brief (with David’s foreword
- The Lawn Whisperer
Has anyone else noticed that the Lawn Whisperer is one hot bear? You know the guy. His face is on billboards and Facebook and sporadic commercials. The Lawn Whisperer looks like he stepped right out of the Scruff premium profiles or out of Bear magazine and into our hearts. I’m surprised the Dallas Bears haven’t latched onto him for public appearances.
- Water Audits and Water Loss Control for Public Water Systems
This document provides an introduction to water loss control and information on the use of water audits in identifying and controlling water losses in
public water systems. Water audits are the first step in a 3 step process for controlling water loss. A water audit is followed by intervention to identify losses and implement solutions and then by an evaluation of intervention measures and the needs for further improvement. This document is intended for small and medium sized water systems.
- Water Available and Variable Strategies for Public Water Systems
Water Available and Variable Strategies for Public Water Systems
- Water Efficiency For Public Water Systems
Water Efficiency for Public Water Supplies - for small and medium utilities.
- Water-Wise Landscaping
Water-Wise landscaping, also known as “Xeriscape,” is quality landscaping that conserves water and protects the environment. Using seven common-sense principles, you can create a lush, beautiful landscape that saves time, money and energy and prevents water pollution and water waste. Water-Wise landscaping consists of the following seven principles.
Water For People
Water Operator Association (Illinois) websites