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Today, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the publication of its final rule on the definition of the Waters of the United States (WOTUS).

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On Dec. 20, negotiators in the U.S. Congress released its final fiscal year 2023 (FY23) Omnibus Appropriations package that will fund the federal government through the remainder of this fiscal year, which ends on September 30, 2023.

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50 years of U.S.-Canadian cooperation transforms Great Lakes, but much more work remains Justin Jacques Justin Jacques is...

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The Water Environment Federation (WEF) is deeply concerned about the dire circumstances in Jackson, Miss., where the city’s...

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On June 29, the U.S. House of Representatives Appropriations Committee passed the fiscal year 2023 (FY23) Interior & Environment Appropriations Bill. This bill funds the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and many of the programs that provide federal funding and financing for water infrastructure investments.

See What's Included in the Budget Bill

Watch as Palencia Mobley, Deputy Director and Chief Engineer of the Detroit Water and Sewerage Department (DWSD), and Carol Hufnagel, National Wet Weather Practice Leader for Tetra Tech, share their presentation from WEFTEC 2021 in Chicago.

They describe a project from the Detroit area that used green stormwater infrastructure both to reduce the amount of flow going to the combined sewer system and to help reduce surcharging that was resulting in basement backups.

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today issued new, more rigorous drinking water health advisories for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS). Two of these levels are drastically more stringent than previous levels and likely mean hundreds, if not thousands, of drinking water systems nationwide will be affected. The agency also announced up to $5 billion in grant funding to help communities prepare and deal with these contaminants. Here is what water sector utilities need to know.

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Water Environment Federation (WEF) experts have reacted swiftly to concerns about monkeypox and compiled critical information for water sector workers and leaders. Get this fact sheet now.

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Hear from Scott Taylor, chair of WEF's Stormwater Institute, as he discusses the request that Congress establish a permanent program at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to control stormwater pollution at the source, which would be more effective and affordable.

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Recent studies promise more reliable forecasting for desert monsoons and mountainside flood hazards.

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Todd Williams from Jacobs Engineering at provided this presentation on PFAS in biosolids via WEFTEC Online in 2021.

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Brian Hilts of CDM Smith and the WEF Disinfection and Public Health Committee discusses the history of disinfection of water, including the use of chlorine, UV light, ozone, and paracetic acid.

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On March 9, negotiators in the U.S. Congress agreed to a final fiscal year 22 (FY22) Omnibus Appropriations package that will fund the federal government through the remainder of this fiscal year, which ends on September 30, 2022.

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On March 8, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) released a new memo outlining its strategy to equitably deliver clean water through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The memo underscores provisions to ensure that disadvantaged communities fully benefit from these historic investments in the water sector.

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Dr. Edwin Oh is an Associate Professor in the UNLV School of Medicine and the Nevada Institute of Personalized Medicine. This presentation from WEFTEC 2021 explores how the decline in diagnostic testing for SARS-CoV-2 is expected to delay the tracking of COVID-19 variants of concern and interest in the U.S. and how wastewater surveillance programs can provide an effective alternative.

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