Municipal Water Leader
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    Volume 6 Issue 1 January 2019 Women in Water

    Across society, women are increasingly prominent in scientific and technical fields and in management. This is also true in the water industry. Our field boasts a growing number of female managers, engineers, and entrepreneurs. In this issue of Municipal Water Leader, we focus on their accomplishments and experiences. Our cover story features Gloria Gray, the first woman to be elected chair of the board of the Metropolitan Water District of Southern California, the vast cooperative public agency that serves 19 million people across the Los Angeles metro region. In our interview, Chairwoman Gray discusses her background, her aims for her tenure as chairwoman, and her message to policymakers. Next, we…

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    Volume 4 Issue 10 October 2018 The Pipeline Issue

    This issue of Municipal Water Leader focuses on the manufacturers, engineers, and builders who make and install pipelines on a massive scale. In our cover story, we talk to Scott Montross, the chief executive officer of Northwest Pipe. This year, Northwest purchased Ameron Water Transmission Group and became North America’s largest manufacturer of steel water pipe systems. We also explore three major pipeline projects in the American Southwest. The Tarrant Regional Water District, which serves Fort Worth, Texas, is partnering with the City of Dallas to build a 150-mile-long, large-diameter pipeline project to link the growing metro area to the district’s reservoirs in east Texas. In Arizona and New Mexico,…

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    Volume 4 Issue 9 October 2018 Big-Picture Thinking

    Water managers deal with huge geographical areas, huge quantities of water, and huge responsibilities. In this issue of Municipal Water Leader, we take a look at the big-picture thinking that is required to successfully manage these challenges. In our cover story, we speak to Matt Stone, the general manager of the Santa Clarita Valley Water Agency, a new entity created through an ambitious merger of several large water agencies north of Los Angeles. Mr. Stone tells us about the multiyear project of relationship building, problem solving, and detail-oriented planning that led to the creation of the agency, all based around the question, “If, historically, there had been just one integrated…

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    Volume 4 Issue 8 September 2018 Urban Improvements

    Most people don’t think about how their municipal water supply system functions until something goes wrong. The job of a municipal water district manager is to ensure that things don’t get to that point. And carrying out that task is something that requires long-term thinking and innovation. In this month’s Municipal Water Leader, we talk to several executives and planners who are working on the longterm tasks of planning for the future and caring for legacy infrastructure. In our cover story, we talk to Tom Kula, the executive director of the North Texas Municipal Water District, which serves two of the top five fastest-growing cities in the country. He’s spent…

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    Volume 4 Issue 7 July/August 2018 Decisionmaking for the Long Term

    Most people don’t think about how their municipal water supply system functions until something goes wrong. The job of a municipal water district manager is to ensure that things don’t get to that point. And carrying out that task is something that requires long-term thinking and innovation. In this month’s Municipal Water Leader, we talk to several executives and planners who are working on the longterm tasks of planning for the future and caring for legacy infrastructure. In our cover story, we talk to Tom Kula, the executive director of the North Texas Municipal Water District, which serves two of the top five fastest-growing cities in the country. He’s spent…

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    Volume 4 Issue 6 June 2018 Collaborating on Water

    Municipal water supply, flood control, and growthrelated issues are extraordinarily complex challenges that require visionary leadership and creative funding to solve. This issue of Municipal Water Leader magazine highlights long-term water supply efforts in Utah and successful flood control work in California. Additionally, in this issue we speak with key individuals who have been highly effective through their collaboration efforts. Gene Shawcroft, general manager of the Central Utah Water Conservancy District, discusses the district area’s growth, the challenges the district is facing, and how Utah water districts are preparing to meet goals set out by Utah Governor Gary Herbert for projected water needs in 2060. Congresswoman Doris Matsui shares her…

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    Volume 4 Issue 5 May 2018 The Storm Water Issue

    For municipal water providers and managers, especially those with combined systems, storm water is a source of significant water quantity and quality concern. Residents and business owners rely on municipalities and public works departments to move storm water away from their property. At the same time, flows created by storm events pick up pollutants across impervious surfaces and move them into drains and, eventually, lakes and rivers. That stresses treatment systems and recreational opportunities. In this issue of Municipal Water Leader, we focus on the latest solutions for integrating storm water into holistic water management solutions. In our cover interview, we talk with Dr. Poonam Kalkat, director of public utilities…

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    Volume 4 Issue 4 April 2018 The Army Corps Issue

    The work of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is woven into the web of American waterways and water bodies. From harbors and levees, to flood control dams and check structures, to ecosystem restoration projects and reservoir operations, the Army Corps has a nexus with water projects across the country. Given the breadth of the Army Corps’ reach and its instrumental role in permitting water infrastructure projects, this issue of Municipal Water Leader is dedicated both to the work of the Army Corps and its nonfederal project sponsors—the water agencies and flood control districts that work hand in hand with the agency to maintain and develop the nation’s waterways and…

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    Volume 4 Issue 3 March 2018 One Water in Tennessee

    While relatively abundant in surface water, the state of Tennessee still has water supply challenges. The drought of 2007 stressed a lot of municipal water systems, hitting rural water systems particularly hard. In addition, the state’s population is expected to double in the next 50 years, and for the state’s municipal water providers, that means planning ahead to accommodate that growth in a sustainable manner. It also means accounting for water supplies as integrated resources and managing accordingly. Nashville Water Metro Services (WMS) dates back to 1831. The department is uniquely situated to address its aging infrastructure and growing population. It has embraced a one-water philosophy, providing drinking water, wastewater,…

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    Volume 4 Issue 2 February 2018 The Infrastructure Issue

    In February, the President introduced the administration’s infrastructure plan, which includes financing and regulatory streamlining mechanisms for water projects. Here in Washington, DC, Congress is weighing several proposals to rehabilitate and expand the nation’s water infrastructure through existing and new programs. We welcome these proposals, but regardless of whether they move forward, water agencies continue to modernize and improve their systems. In this issue of Municipal Water Leader, we highlight successful water projects and the people building them. This year, the Orange County Water District (OCWD) is commemorating the 10th anniversary of its Groundwater Replenishment System (GWRS), the world’s largest potable reuse project. The GWRS provides a critical source of…