Ken Kirk, the Executive Director of the National Association of Clean Water agencies, joins The Water Values to discuss the important role that NACWA plays in various areas of the water industry, from the federal government, other utility industries, and to small communities across the United States. Ken Kirk also talks us through the various programs that NACWA has created and implemented to be educational for other industries and everyday citizens to show the importance of how water and other utilities affect local communities and governments. We also discuss the importance of working to create a long-term plan to change the future of our water and infrastructure plans.
In this session, you’ll learn about:
- What the National Association of Clean Water Agencies does for wastewater utilities and how they help with policy making at the Federal level
- How the Clean Water Act has changed over the years and what has stayed the same
- Where we are struggling to meet certain requirements for the water industry
- How NACWA has collaborated with other stakeholders and industries to help find a solution to meet requirements
- The various programs that NACWA has created to help convey messages to its members and to the community
- An example of integrated planning and permits and how they will help communities
- What a consent decree is and what the obligations are to a consent decree
- The Utility of the Future program at NACWA
- Public/private partnerships (3P) implementation amongst members in NACWA
- Thoughts on where we should go from here for the future of water
Resources and links mentioned in or relevant to this session include:
- Environmental Protection Agency
- Clean Water Act
- National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA)
- United States Department of Agriculture
- Money Matters Program – NACWA
- Chicago’s Tunnel and Reservoir Plan (TARP) Program
- Utility of the Future Program
- Ostara’s Pearl Process
Click here to download the Transcript for Session 38 of The Water Values Podcast.
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