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The Water Environment Federation (WEF) WaterBlog is hosted by water quality experts and features discussions about the latest ideas, trends, and news in the profession.

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Earth Day 2011: What Could Be Wrong with May Flowers?

Posted April 21, 2011

April showers can bring polluted stormwater runoff that’s harmful to May flowers, not to mention other vegetation and aquatic life in your community. When there are wet weather events like rain, thunderstorms, or floods, pollutants left on the ground or swept into storm drains will make their way into local water bodies and wreak environmental havoc. Although the weather is beyond control, everyone can reduce or eliminate the amount of pollution they personally add to our precious and limited water resources, and Earth Day is a great time to start.

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Posted by:
The WEF Eco Team, which includes employees from many departments across the Water Environment Federation

WEF and AWWA Talk Water on Capitol Hill

Posted April 15, 2011

What an exciting time to be on Capitol Hill - with the cherry blossoms blooming and the government narrowly escaping the first shutdown in 15 years, there is a buzz here in Washington. With much of this buzz is focusing on budget issues, what better time to be discussing the significant return on investment that comes from funding for water infrastructure projects. This is one of the issues covered in the over 400 visits made to the offices of members of Congress over the last two days by the 160-plus attendees of the first WEF/AWWA joint Washington Fly-in Event - and note this event coincided with the New England Water Environment Association’s (NEWEA) Congressional Visit and Legislative Breakfast, which brought out over 60 members alone to the event.

   

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Posted by:
Scott Cummings, P.E. at CH2M Hill