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One Water Newsletter:  December 2018
Please welcome our newest US Water Alliance members!

Atlantic County Utilities Authority
Atlantic County Utilities Authority (ACUA) was established in 1969 to develop a comprehensive  approach to wastewater management. ACUA's regional wastewater system began operation in 1978, and established a nationally recognized system to recycle, compost, and dispose of solid waste in 1990. Today, the utility serves 270,000 customers.   Learn more about the Atlantic County Utilities Authority

The Freshwater Trust
The Freshwater Trust is the largest restoration-focused organization in the Pacific Northwes t, and the second largest conservation group based in Oregon. The Freshwater Trust has a unique mix of in-house staff expertise, ranging from fish biologists and hydrologists, business and conservation systems analysts, attorneys and ecosystem services analysts.  Learn more about The Freshwater Trust

San Antonio Water System
The San Antonio Water System (SAWS) is a public utility owned 
by the City of San Antonio. It  was created in May 1992 through the consolidation of its three predecessor agencies: the City Water Board, 
City Wastewater Department, and the Alamo Water Conservation and Reuse District. SAWS serves more than 1.8  million people, including 
customers of the former Bexar  Metropolitan  Water  District, in Bexar 
County and surrounding  areas.  I Learn more about the San Antonio 
US Water Alliance Holds Water Equity Exchange in Atlanta

From November 26-28, we held the third convening of the Water Equity Taskforce, our cohort of six cities (Atlanta, Buffalo, Camden, Cleveland, Louisville, and Milwaukee) working towards more equitable policies. This session included an informative panel on climate science and impacts on vulnerable communities, with guest speakers Jim Schlaman, from Black & Veatch, and Colette Pichon Battle, from the Gulf Coast Center for Law & Policy. The cross-sector city teams shared updates on their projects, including a workforce opportunity study and a climate resilience working group. Read more about what our Taskforces are doing here.

2019: The Year Ahead

Webinar Recap: Arts and Culture

On December 6th, Alliance CEO Radhika Fox led a webinar in partnership with ArtPlace America on our joint initiative,  Advancing One Water Through Arts and Culture: A Blueprint for Action. Panelists, including arts and water leaders, sat down and discussed how integrating water, arts, and culture has helped imagine new solutions to water challenges.  Listen to the Webinar recording here
Upcoming One Water Events
  • One Water Webinar: Utility Strengthening Through Consolidation on January 16, 3:00pm - 4:00pm ET | Register here 
New Grant Opportunities

The Funders' Network for Smart Growth and Livable Communities (TFN), in partnership with the Urban Sustainability Directors Network (USDN), has announced a round of grant opportunities for Partners for Places, which pairs local governments with philanthropy to support sustainability projects across the United States and Canada. These grants include dedicated funding to support green stormwater infrastructure projects that advance water-related sustainability goals.   | View the Request for Proposals here

Other News
  • A new book, Life After Carbon: The Next Global Transformation of Cities (Island Press) is out. Authors and urban sustainability consultants Peter Plastrik and John Cleveland present the new ideas that are converting climate disaster into urban opportunity and shaping the future of cities worldwide. | More here
  • The New York Times published an article on the potential investment opportunity of fighting climate change, citing the US Water Alliance's figures on water investment. Read here
  • The Times continued coverage of the water crisis in Newark, NJ, where comparisons to Flint, MI continue to grow. Read here
  • Proposed water fees in Washington, DC have ignited a debate on gentrification, church-state separation, race, writes the Washington Post Read here
  • The Lexington Herald Leader shined a spotlight on a family that "prays for rain" in eastern Kentucky, where crumbling water systems often leave customers without running water for long periods of time. | Read here
From the One Water Blog
  • The Imperative in Climate Resilience by Emily Simonson, Program Manager, US Water Alliance I Read here
  • Equity Taskforces Plan a More Equitable Water Future for All by Deilia Jackson Darby, Program Director and Zoe Roller, Program Manager, US Water Alliance | Read here