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April 2018 News & Updates
Welcome to our newest US Water Alliance member:  City of Grand Rapids

The City of Grand Rapids  is the second largest city in the state of Michigan,  encompassing an area of approximately 45 square miles. Grand Rapids is located in  west central Michigan, roughly 30 miles east of Lake Michigan. Grand Rapids will be bringing a delegation of water leaders to One Water Summit 2018!
April One Water Spotlight: Louisville Metropolitan Sewer District
The city's wastewater agency, Louisville Metropolitan Sewer District (MSD), is a stormwater and flood protection agency, and is key to local economic development and labor growth. Through its water equity and workforce development initiatives, Louisville MSD is taking a proactive approach to job creation and economic growth throughout the city. While there are many opportunities to hire local workers for the capital projects at Louisville MSD, local contractors have expressed that they have seen a skills-void in the workforce. To help close that gap, Louisville MSD recently developed a web-based jobs portal to connect business owners working on MSD projects with job seekers. Branded as MSD JobLink, the portal launched in January 2018 at the utility's third annual Can You Dig It, an event to inform the local contracting community about project opportunities.  | Read more
Recap: Water Week 2018
Coordinated by our water association partners, Water Week 2018 saw hundreds of industry leaders from across the country converge in Washington, DC to educate decision makers about key issues in the sector. The Value of Water Campaign released the results of its third annual national poll demonstrating that Americans strongly support increasing federal investment to address our nation's water infrastructure, even in light of the costs. 

Radhika Fox, CEO of the US Water Alliance, also moderated a briefing on Water Utility Workforce. Convened by the Water Agency Leaders Alliance (WALA), this briefing highlighted the challenges the water sector is facing as both its workforce and its infrastructure age and discussed ways to use these trends as an opportunity to address local workforce diversity gaps and career pathways into the water sector for underserved communities.  Read more here.
Register today for One Water Summit 2018
There are only 10 weeks until One Water Summit, July 10-12 in the Twin Cities, MN -- Register today! 
US Water Alliance Announces Water Equity Taskforce

The US Water Alliance is launching the Water Equity Taskforce, a two-year initiative that works with utilities and communities around the country to develop and implement equitable water policies and practices. The Taskforce is made up of cross-sector teams from Atlanta, Buffalo, Camden, Cleveland, Louisville, and Milwaukee. The Taskforce is dedicated to building the partnership capacity of utilities, community organizations, and other stakeholders to bend the course of our water future to be more equitable. City teams are anchored by a US Water Alliance member utility, and include leadership from community-based organizations and others. In March the Alliance convened an in-person meeting of the Taskforce in Cleveland, where the six teams shared challenges they face and workshopped equitable solutions. Now, the Taskforce teams are developing policies and practices to address water equity challenges, from water affordability to climate change to connecting underemployed populations to water sector jobs.
Join the Value of Water Campaign for Infrastructure Week 2018!
You are cordially invited to Infrastructure Week 2018 from May 14-21! Either host an event or join another! If you plan to be in DC, we hope to see you at two Value of Water Campaign events. Kishia Powell, Commissioner of the City of Atlanta Department of Watershed Management, will represent the campaign on the panel Green Infrastructure in Parks hosted by the National Recreation and Parks Association. The Value of Water Campaign is also convening top leaders from water reliant businesses for a conversation on C-Suite Perspectives on the Value of Water. Click here to read more and RSVP! Reception to follow.
On Tap in Washington
Scott Berry, Director of Policy and Government Affairs, US Water Alliance
The Value of Water Campaign just released its third annual national poll and for the third year in a row Americans resoundingly support investment in water infrastructure. Voters overwhelmingly want the president and Congress to focus on infrastructure, more than any other of the big issues the President campaigned on. That support remains strong for water infrastructure when asked about specifically - more than three-quarters of American voters believe it is extremely or very important for the President and Congress to invest in our water and wastewater infrastructure. | Read more
In our Blog
  • Bridging the Gap on Lead by Suzi Warren, US Water AllianceRead more
  • Four of Five Voters Agree: Now's the Time to Invest in Water Infrastructure by Emily Simonson, US Water Alliance| Read more
Upcoming One Water Events
In the News
  • Article by Radhika Fox, Parks and Water: Partners for Progress, in the National Recreation and Park Association's monthly magazine| Read more
  • Alliance member Alexandria Renew featured in The Washington Post article about Alexandria City Council transferring ownership of the city's combined sewer outlets to them. | Read more

  • Brookings Institute article highlights the work of Alliance member Louisville Metropolitan Sewer District in Looking to hire: Louisville's efforts to expand and diversify its water workforce Read more

  • Alliance member The Conservation Fund explains the connection between clean water and good beer in Good Conservation Makes For A Better Brew| Read More

  • Key findings from the Value of Water Campaign's Value of Water Index mentioned in Water Finance & Management article | Read more