CH2M Wins 2015 Stockholm Industry Award – CH2M was named the winner of the 2015 Stockholm Industry Award for developing and advancing methods to clean water and increasing public acceptance of recycled water.
Xylem Inc. Unveils Innovative Drinking Water Treatment Technology at ACE 15 – The Leopold Oxelia is a water reuse solution for drinking water will help utility operators and water regulators build resilience to drought.
The Coca-Cola Africa Foundation (TCCAF) Expands the Replenish Africa Initiative – TCCAF pledged an additional $35 million to support safe water access and sanitation programs for a total of six million people by 2020.
National Water Center Opens at University of Alabama – The National Water Center, located at the University of Alabama, will serve as a hub of integrated water prediction and forecasting for U.S. Federal Agencies. Initial partners include NOAA, U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE).
Launch of the Drought Risk Management Research Center – NOAA announced plans to establish the Drought Risk Management Center at the University of Nebraska at Lincoln which will help states, communities and businesses with the best available drought research, data and information.
U.S. EPA Signs Clean Water Rule – In a historic step, the U.S. EPA and USACE finalized the Clean Water Rule to ensure that waters protected under the Clean Water Act are more precisely defined and predictably determined, making permitting less costly, easier, and faster.
Federal Partners Announce Additional Resilient Lands and Waters Initiative Sites – The U.S. Department of the Interior (DOI), U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), U.S. EPA, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced three new locations for the Resilient Lands and Waters partnership, which include the California Headwaters, California’s North-Central Coast and Russian River Watershed and Crown of the Continent.
The Nature Conservancy Releases a New White Paper and Launches Center – The Nature Conservancy (TNC) released a new white paper, The Power of Rivers: Finding balance between energy and conservation in hydropower development, which addresses the global expansion of hydropower dams and the need to find development scenarios that provide energy, but also work for communities and nature. To put the findings into action, TNC is launching a Center for Sustainable Hydropower which will serve as a platform for exchanging knowledge, building capacity and researching new solutions that balance river conservation and hydropower.
New Data on Drinking Water and Sanitation Access is Released – The World Health Organization and Unicef’s Joint Monitoring Programme released new data which measured the progress made on access to drinking water and sanitation over the past two decades.
Lake Tanganyika Floating Health Clinic (LTFHC) Monitors Burundi’s Political Landscape – LTFHC prepared a special report on the evolving political situation in Burundi which influences water security in the region.
World Resources Institute (WRI) Release Publication on Water Quality Trading – WRI, with technical advice from U.S. Department of Agriculture and support from Electric Power Research Institute, U.S. Water Alliance and others launch a new publication providing the essential tools for new and evolving water quality training programs.