Mandatory ADA Self-Evaluations and Transistion Plans

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990 not only reminds communities they must have self-evaluations and transition plans for their sidewalks and handicap ramps, but did you know this applies to all public entities whether or not they receive federal funding? It is important that all communities take the time to Self-Evaluate your sidewalks […]

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InfraGard – Guarding the Nation’s Infrastructure

Are you aware of the quasi-government shadow group guarding our nation’s infrastructure from threats – both natural and manmade?  It may not be the group you are thinking of. InfraGard is a group of individuals from the public in partnership with the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). This association of businesses, academic institutions, law enforcement […]

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Integrated CSO LTCP / MS4 Funding Bill Introduced

Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) introduced legislation [bill number not available] on February 9 that would require EPA to integrate stormwater and wastewater control programs into a single, long-term plan. The Clean Water Affordability Act is aimed at updating EPA’s clean water affordability policy. The current EPA affordability policy does not provide for a full and accurate […]

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EPA’s FY 2013 Budget Proposal Focuses on Environmental and Human Health Protections

The Obama Administration has proposed a FY 2013 budget of $8.34 billion for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The budget reflects a government-wide effort to reduce spending and find cost-savings, and is $105 million below EPA’s enacted level for FY 2012. Key FY 2013 budget highlights include: • Supporting State Governments. The budget proposes […]

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Deep Cuts Averted in Federal Water Funding

The bill allocates $1.46 billion to EPA’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) in F.Y. 2012, a slight reduction from the $1.5 billion funding level in 2011. The Drinking Water SRF program was funded at $919 million, very close to F.Y. 2011 levels. The bill includes a 10% set-aside for “green infrastructure” wastewater projects, as […]

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What’s That Smell?!

As the leaves start to fall, many utilities see a rise in the amount of odor complaints being logged. Warm days and cool nights provide an inversion that seems to intensify odor. Coupled with little to no rainfall to flush-out the system, your sewer system becomes a breeding ground for hydrogen sulfide. When hydrogen sulfite […]

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Deep Rock Tunnel Connector Receives Local and National Attention

Indianapolis’ largest, and most expensive, sanitary sewer improvments project is making headlines, both locally and nationally, as the Deep Rock Tunnel Connector (DRTC) project gets ready to bid.  This $300 million deep rock sewer tunnel is scheduled to bid May 16 with construction possibly starting this September.  The DRTC project is the first phase in […]

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