Your monthly source for One Water news, events, and updates.
November 2017 News & Updates
Welcome to our new Alliance Members: Seattle Public Utilities and Green Infrastructure Exchange
The US Water Alliance is excited to announce two new members this month: Seattle Public Utilities and Green Infrastructure Leadership Exchange

In addition to serving drinking water to 1.3 million regional customers in Seattle and 26
municipalities and special water districts,  Seattle Public Utilities  also provides a number of efficient and forward-looking services, including  wastewater service, stormwater service, and solid waste and recycling  management. Seattle Public Utilities prides itself in setting aggressive metrics for success and service, and then beating them year after year. 

The Green Infrastructure Leadership Exchange is a practitioner network that supports communities seeking to grow green stormwater infrastructure programs by accelerating implementation through peer learning, innovation, partnership, and advocacy. The Exchange develops, hosts, and shares resources to advance the benefits and viability of green infrastructure. 

Welcome to both of our new members! 
One Water Spotlight: Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District
Nearly one-fifth of Wisconsin is covered in water. With more than 15,000 lakes these waters have served as a keystone of the Wisconsin economy. But, the lakes have also been the source of environmental issues. The Lower Green Bay and Fox River are among the major points of environmental concern, contributing an estimated one-third of excess nutrients  to Lake Michigan. As the snow melts each spring, nutrients and sediment spills into the Bay from the Fox  River creating a "dead zone," thr eatening the health of Lake Michigan.  

NEW Water, the brand of the Green Bay Metropolitan Sewerage District, must decrease the amount of phosphorus and sediment it discharges. In 2014, NEW Water launched the Silver Creek Project with local partners--including farmers and the Oneida Tribe of Indians of Wisconsin--to implement best management practices to improve water quality.  By planting cover crops, installing grassed waterways, and greening up shores with buffer strips, NEW Water prevented 689 pounds of phosphorus and 2,270,000 pounds of sediment from entering area waterways. Seven percent of the crop acres have been restored to wetlands, which improves water quality.  |  Read More
One Water Webinar: Developing Policy & Programs to Regulate Onsite Non-potable Water Systems
Thursday, December 7 -  1:00-2:00pm ET
One of the most exciting developments in One Water management is the integration of smaller onsite systems that collect, treat, and reuse water within individual buildings or at the local scale. As an emerging innovation, the success of onsite non-potable water systems (ONWS) depends on strong collaboration between municipal utilities and public health agencies to ensure projects protect public health and meet water quality standards. To help advance the use of ONWS, the National Blue Ribbon Commission for Onsite Non-potable Water Systems--convened by the US Water Alliance, Water Research Foundation, and the Water Environment & Reuse Foundation--will be releasing a guidebook for developing and implementing local and state regulations for these type of onsite reuse systems. Based on best-in-class science and research, this guidebook will help advance a consistent national approach to the regulation and management of ONWS. In this One Water Webinar, we'll bring together public health and water utility leaders from the National Blue Ribbon Commission to discuss the contents of the guidebook and how it can be used in local jurisdictions across the country.   Register here
Radhika Fox Joins WEF Words on Water Podcast
US Water Alliance CEO and Value of Water Campaign Director Radhika Fox joined Water Environment Federation's podcast, Words on Water for a wide-ranging interview.  In this episode, Radhika discussed the meaning of the value of water, the economic benefits of investing in water infrastructure, and much more.

Previous podcast guests include Kevin Shafer and Mark Jockers. You can listen to the full podcast episode  here  and check out all of the episodes  here
On Tap in Washington - December 
A new regular installment on our US Water Alliance blog, where our Washington, DC office will break down what is happening in Washington and how changes on Capitol Hill may affect One Water management across the country. In December, lawmakers will have to grapple with several pressing issues, including tax reform and the budget. Read more.
In our Blog... 
  • WaterBuild: Where Green Buildings and Water Collide by Suzi Warren, US Water Alliance| Read More
  • When an Island Becomes a Desert: A Real Life Day(s) Without Water by Danielle Mayorga, Value of Water Campaign | Read More
  • Think Globally, Act Locally to Spark Interest in A One Water Future by Sarah Crawford, Hampton Roads Sanitation District | Read More
  • Imagine a Day Without Water (And Water Infrastructure) by Amber Wilson, American Water Works Association| Read More 
Upcoming One Water Events...
In the News...
  • The Water Main: 'Know Water, Know Beer' MPR News | Read More 
  • A Triple Win For Cities, Communities And Developers Huffington Post | Read More
  • How Water Agencies are Tackling Inequity Water Deeply | Read More
  • Less water, more risk: Exploring national and local water use patterns in the US The Brookings Institution | Read More 
  • Fighting to Replace America's Water Pipes New York Times |  Read More