Municipal Water Leader
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    Volume 8 Issue 9 October 2021

    By Kris Polly  Our cover interview this month is with Jenna Covington, the new executive director and general manager of the North Texas Municipal Water District (NTMWD), which provides water, wastewater, and solid waste disposal services to 1.8 million people in a rapidly growing area of Texas north of the Dallas–Fort Worth metroplex. Ms. Covington tells us about NTMWD’s current initiatives, including progress on the first new major reservoir in Texas in 30 years, Bois d’Arc Lake.  Sue Mosburg is the executive director of the California-Nevada Section of the American Water Works Association, one of the organization’s 43 constituent sections. She tells us about how the section works to solve…

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    Volume 8 Issue 8 September 2021

    By Kris Polly  In the water industry, everything is connected. Ecosystems, hydrology, human activity and history, and legal arrangements all interact to create the distinctive set of water supplies, rights, and usage patterns of each place. With that in mind, constant knowledge-building is a must for water professionals. This month, we bring you the story of one educational effort that seeks to meet that need.  The Metropolitan State University of Denver (MSU Denver) has put together a three-course, online-only Water Studies certificate program, intended primarily for working professionals and other nontraditional students. With courses titled Water Law, Colorado Water and the American West, and U.S. Water Concerns, the program provides…

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    Volume 8 Issue 7 July/August 2021

    By Kris Polly  The February 2021 winter storm affected huge portions of the United States, but none more seriously than Texas. The famously hot, arid state was plunged into freezing, even subzero, temperatures, and suffered major power outages. Municipal water providers across the state had to keep up their indispensable services amid freezes, blackouts, and unprecedented levels of demand from consumers worried about running out of water.  In our cover story, we hear about how Tarrant Regional Water District (TRWD), the water wholesaler for the Fort Worth region, had to navigate major power outages and freezes. TRWD Director of Operations Darrell Beason and Water Resource Engineering Director Rachel Ickert tell…

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    Volume 8 Issue 6 June 2021 John Verduin: Bringing People and Ideas Together at Anchor QEA

    By Kris Polly  Storm water management is a constant concern for municipalities. Sudden influxes of water, often bringing pollutants of various sorts, can overflow systems, challenge treatment infrastructure, and affect the environment. Luckily, municipal water professionals are working to design ever better systems, develop innovative mitigation technologies, and find funds to improve infrastructure.  Our cover interview this month is with John Verduin of Anchor QEA, a firm that specializes in challenging projects in the environmental science, engineering, planning, and restoration fields. AnchorQEA incorporates environmental concerns into its work from planning and design through construction and monitoring.  Amber Ponce of LiveRoof tells us about how her company’s green roofs mitigate storm…

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    Volume 8 Issue 5 May2021 House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chair Peter A. DeFazio on Federal Assistance for Wastewater Infrastructure

    By Kris Polly  This month, we have the pleasure of featuring Congressman Peter A. DeFazio, the chair of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure. Chair DeFazio tells us about his commitment to federal funding for smarter, safer, greener, and more resilient infrastructure and explains the importance of the Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act, which he recently reintroduced. I hope you will enjoy our fascinating interview with this key congressional policymaker.  We also look at developments in California’s Coachella Valley Water District (CVWD). David Wilson, CVWD’s engineering manager, and Katie Evans, its director of communications and conservation, update us on the district’s L‑4 pump relocation project and its…

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    Volume 8 Issue 4 April 2021 A Tribute to Dave Luker

    Few people have generated more stories or created lasting memories like Mr. Dave Luker. He was simply a bigger-than-life guy who always did his best and expected others to do the same. He touched many lives in very positive ways. He is missed by all who knew him. Below is the column I wrote when he was on the cover of the January 2016 issue of Municipal Water Leader. The Highest of Standards  By Kris Polly This issue of Municipal Water Leader features Desert Water Agency (DWA) General Manager Dave Luker of Palm Springs, California, on the cover and as our primary interview. I have known Dave for several years…

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    Volume 8 Issue 3 March 2021

    The history of American water resources is marked by the construction of monumental structures like Hoover Dam, Grand Coulee Dam, the Colorado River Aqueduct, and the Central Arizona Project. But such construction is not limited to the past. Around the country today, large-scale reservoir and pipeline projects as well as important municipal projects continue to be planned and executed.  Perhaps one of the most impressive projects now being planned is the proposed 1.5-million-acre-foot Sites Reservoir, which will capture storm water flows from the Sacramento River for storage and release in dry years for environmental, residential, and agricultural uses. We interview Jerry Brown, the executive director of the Sites Project Authority,…

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    Volume 8 Issue 2 February 2021

    With growing cities, ever-tightening regulations, and constantly advancing treatment technology, wastewater planning is a process that never ends. In this month’s Municipal Water Leader, we bring you several stories of major wastewater planning processes that are in motion around the nation.  In our cover story, Ron Hargrove of Charlotte Water tells us about a major, ongoing rehabilitation project that the agency is carrying out on its 64‑million-gallon-a-day McAlpine Creek Wastewater Facility. The project involves the rehabilitation or replacement of aeration systems, blowers, and clarifiers as well as targeted recoatings.  Meanwhile, in California’s Riverside County, east of Los Angeles, the Eastern Municipal Water District (EMWD) is planning to ensure that its…

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    Volume 8 Issue 1 January 2021

    The cover interview in this month’s issue of Municipal Water Leader features a truly inspiring water professional: Pat Mulroy, the former general manager of the Las Vegas Valley Water District and of the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA). Ms. Mulroy played a key role in the formation of the SNWA and in major negotiations between the Colorado basin states and between the United States and Mexico. I know you will find our wide-ranging interview as interesting as I did.  Also in this issue, Kathy Bielert, the technical sales manager for small-hydro-unit manufacturer NuSTREEM, tells Municipal Water Leader about the company’s low-head NuTURBINE, which can be inserted into existing municipal water…

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    Volume 7 Issue 10 October 2020 A Vision for 2020

    In our cover story, Dave Roberts, the associate general manager and chief water resources executive of Arizona’s Salt River Project (SRP), talks about the agency’s contributions to the Colorado River basin's Drought Contingency Plan and its work to increase its resilience to drought conditions both on the Colorado and on the Salt River.  Next, two articles by SRP staff further update us on water management in Arizona’s Valley of the Sun. In one, SRP’s principal for water system projects, Ron Klawitter, describes how SRP is keeping its reservoirs and other major infrastructure in top condition to serve future generations of Arizonans. In the other, SRP’s director of water strategy, Christa…