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July 2018 News & Updates
Please welcome our newest US Water Alliance members!

Buffalo Sewer Authority
Serving the city of Buffalo, NY and Erie County at large, Buffalo Sewer Authority is the public benefit corporation in charge of accepting, treating, and disposing of local sewage and waste. Created in 1935, the BSA was tasked with relieving the pollution levels in the mighty Niagara River and establishing an efficient sewer system for the people of Buffalo. Today, BSA serves over 550,000 people and covers 110,000 square miles of the City of Buffalo, and parts of Alden, Cheektowaga, Elma, Lancaster, Tonawanda, West Seneca, Depew, Lancaster, and Sloan. It operates in a system of local, state, and national water protection partners to continue to help preserve the Niagara River and other water supplies.

National Rural Water Association

For years, the National Rural Water Association (NRWA) has supported small and rural water utilities, providing technical assistance and training for water and wastewater professionals across the country. As a non-profit organization, the NRWA coordinates with 49 State Rural Water Associations with over 31,000 members to provide local utilities with on-site technical assistance to troubleshoot an array of challenges. Annually, 100,000 people are trained through association programs to continually build an effective water workforce. Other NRWA initiatives include apprenticeship programs and source water protection strategies. The NRWA is long-standing partner with USDA Rural Development and holds a cooperative agreement with the EPA to assist smaller utilities in complying with the Safe Drinking Water Act. 

One Water Summit 2018 - the biggest and best yet!
One Water Summit 2018 was July 10-12 in the Twin Cities. We have to thank our sponsors, our local hosts, our media partners, and the 900 attendees that made the Summit possible. 

We were thrilled to host 51 delegations at the Summit this year. Nearly two-thirds of our attendees came as part of a delegation, meaning they have partners to work with back at home in creating a sustainable one water future. Our attendees represented 465 organizations, from 39 states and 228 cities. It was an incredible array of perspectives and voices, all committed to a better water future for this country. Thank you all for being a part of the Summit! Whether you were able to join us or not, stay tuned for more photos, videos, and a round-up of our delegations' commitments to actions in the coming weeks. 
Minnesota Public Radio's "Flyover" broadcasts from One Water Summit 2018
On our final day of One Water Summit 2018, we were thrilled to be joined by the national public radio show "Flyover." Flyover launched a week of programming about the Mississippi River from our One Water Summit in the Twin Cities, near the headwaters of the mighty Mississippi. 

Listen to US Water Alliance CEO Radhika Fox, Louisville MSD Executive Director Tony Parrott, mayors from towns along the Mississippi River, lots of Summit attendees, with Flyover host Kerri Miller of Minnesota Public Radio.  Listen to the July 12 episode here!
Congratulations US Water Prize 2018 Winners!
The US Water Prize was awarded in the Twin Cities as part of One Water Summit 2018. This annual award celebrates outstanding achievements in the advancement of sustainable, integrated, and inclusive solutions to water management challenges.  This year's winners are:
  • Public Sector: Hampton Roads Sanitation District's SWIFT project
  • Private Sector: Intel Corporation
  • Nonprofit: DIGDEEP's Navajo Water Project
  • Cross-Sector Partnership or Coalition: Yahara WINS
  • Outstanding Public Official: Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer
  • Outstanding Journalism on the Value of Water: Dan Egan, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel
Check out this video highlighting the work of this year's winners!
New Report Release: Advancing One Water Through Arts and Culture
The US Water Alliance recently released its newest publication,  Advancing One Water Through Arts and Culture: A Blueprint for Action . In partnership with ArtPlace America, this action-oriented blueprint presents a framework outlining how water sector leaders and artists alike can engage in cross-sector collaboration to advance common goals. The report catalogs  the best and brightest models and partnerships using arts and culture to advance One Water management, complete with in-depth case studies. This partnership builds upon ArtPlace's Farther, Faster, Together: How Arts and Culture Can Accelerate Environmental Progressas well as the US Water Alliance's One Water Roadmap and An Equitable Water Future Read the blueprint
US Water Alliance at the Aspen Ideas Festival

It was an honor for the US Water Alliance to be invited to participate in the Aspen Ideas Festival in June. CEO Radhika Fox spoke on the panel "Building a Water-Secure Future"  to discuss how water leaders are re-imagining their work and addressing our most complicated water challenges. 

Listen to Radhika discuss drinking water quality issues, lead, infrastructure, innovative wastewater management strategies and more along with her fellow panelists. 
Upcoming One Water Events
In the News
  • Radhika Fox talks climate change on Minnesota Public Radio's Climate Cast Live podcast| Listen to the podcast
  • US Water Alliance member Hampton Roads Sanitation District's SWIFT water treatment facility featured in article, "Water treatment center targets sea level rise, improving Chesapeake Bay" | Read the article
  • Alliance member Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District mentioned in Ensia article, How the Growing "One Water" Movement is Not Only Helping the Environment But Also Saving Millions of Dollars, where Radhika Fox defines "One Water" framing | Read the article
  • A new guide to better connect green infrastructure with community health priorities, produced by the Willamette Partnership and Oregon Public Health Institute in collaboration with the Green Infrastructure Leadership ExchangeRead the guide