Water Regulations Articles

  • Roles of the Water Court and the State Engineer for water administration in Colorado

    Colorado manages water using an administrative structure that is unique among the United States following the doctrine of prior appropriation: Water rights are adjudicated not by the State Engineer, but by Water Courts – separate from and operating in parallel to the criminal and civil courts – established specifically for this purpose. Fundamental to this system is the notion that water ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • EPA to host events soliciting information on regulatory reforms

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced that it will be hosting several events to gather input on regulatory actions that could be repealed, replaced or modified as part of EPA’s regulatory reform efforts under Executive Order (EO) 13777.  The Office of Pesticide Programs (OPP) will host a ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • Warm Springs, GA Radium Removal - Case study

    The City of Warm Springs is a small community of approximately 500 residents located in central Georgia. In 2010, water testing found a radium level between 8 – 11 pCi/L and a Gross Alpha level of 25 pCi/L, both above state and USEPA drinking water regulations of 5 pCi/L and 15 pCi/L respectively. Engineering Management Inc (EMI) conducted a pilot test in late 2010 to test a manganese ...

  • Comparative analysis of water rights entitlements in India and China

    Water rights are widely regarded as a crucial component to enhance efficient water use and for meeting a country's water resource challenges. This article presents a framework for analyzing and comparing the similarities as well as differences of the water rights systems between India and China. The article relies on the method of document research and comparative analysis to compare general ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Cost effective monitoring strategies in MS4 programs - Case study

    A Tale of Two Cities: The Evolution of Monitoring Strategies In Municipal Separate Storm Sewer System (MS4) Programs City of Hoover NPDES Permit History On October 12. 2001, the Alabama Department erf Environmental Management (ADEM) issued National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Systems (NPDES) Permit Number ALS000001 for "Birmingham Area Municipal Separate ...


    By In-Situ, Inc.

  • Sustainable financing: We know we can… but how?

    Ensuring water and sanitation services for all depends on securing appropriate financing, an issue that has long been a major challenge for the water sector. The adoption of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) makes this challenge all the more urgent. How much money do we need to expand and improve water services infrastructure? What about financing for operations and maintenance? Can we put ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Case Study - Groundwater Discharge Permit - Plymouth, Massachusetts

    The process of obtaining a groundwater discharge permit for a subdivision scale septic absorption system was faciliated by using the advanced GIS features within EnviroInsite. Geologic features were downloaded and presented at the site scale along with the subdivision boundary and potential downgradient receptors. A cross-section was created showing the detailed soil descriptions, water levels ...


    By EI LLC

  • Private rights, public interests and water use conflicts: evolving water law and policy in Michigan

    Water conflicts are rare across Michigan's history. As a result, water rights have received little attention by courts or the legislature. Traditionally, the common law of water rights in Michigan embraces the riparian doctrine for surface water and provides landowners with the right to use groundwater. However, two recent changes in common and statutory law significantly modify the legal ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • The customer forum – putting customers at the centre of regulating water services

    This article will explore recent initiatives in customer engagement in water services in Scotland, UK. Scotland has a well-established and successful model for water services regulation and governance, with a public supplier performing as efficiently as the top quartile of private English companies. One recent innovation has been a form of negotiated settlement between the provider and a group ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • EPA Releases Draft NPDES Pesticide General Permit for Discharges

    On January 26, 2016, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published its draft National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for Discharges from the Application of Pesticides in the Federal ...


    By Bergeson & Campbell, P.C.

  • A Federal District Court Issues First Decision Regarding New “Waters Of The US” Regulations

    In this post, "Waters of the United States" webinar instructor Larry Lodwick explains the latest about the temporary injunction on the EPA's new federal clean water rules. For full information about the latest on this, and details of the Rule updates, ...

  • EPA Clean Water Act: New Regulations re: `Waters of the United States`

    The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) published a final rule defining the scope of waters protected under the Clean Water Act… The rule will ensure protection for the nation’s public health and aquatic resources, and increase CWA program predictability and consistency by clarifying the scope of ‘‘waters of the United States’’ protected under the ...

  • A seasonal waste load allocation policy in an integrated discharge permit and reclaimed water market

    This paper intends to assess the seasonal demand for nitrogen discharge permits and its influence on waste load allocation (WLA) strategies. For this purpose, the Sefidrud catchment is analyzed, where the agricultural demands for discharge permits and reclaimed water (RW) are significant and also intermittent. The paper discusses using variable total maximum daily loads and a transferable ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Generation of daily naturalized flow at ungaged control points

    The development of daily naturalized flow in the water rights analysis package (WRAP) model at ungaged stations has difficulties because of low daily flow measurement at gaged stations, low available monthly naturalized flow, and budget constraints. This study proposes a procedure for developing daily naturalized flow at ungaged stations. The soil and water assessment tool (SWAT) model was ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Introduction to Environmental Testing in the USA

    Environmental laboratories practice “applied analytical chemistry” by analyzing samples using a list of potential contaminants to determine how much, if any, of the contaminant is present. These contaminants, the methods used to analyze for them, and the maximum amount of contaminant allowed in the sample are defined by regulation. This paper provides an overview of ...

  • Specially invited opinions and research report of the International Water Law Project: global perspectives on the entry into force of the UN Watercourses Convention 2014: part two

    From the Editor-in-Chief, Dr Jerome Delli Priscoli: This is the second part of a research report on opinions of prominent international water lawyers from each continent on the potential impacts of the 1997 UN Convention on the Non-Navigational Uses of International Watercourses. The first part of the report was published in Water Policy 16(6). ...


    By IWA Publishing

  • Hey, America: It’s time to talk about the price of water

    Recent woes have drawn unprecedented attention to the worth of fresh, clean water. Can it change the way we pay for the world’s most undervalued resource? This summer, a 90-year-old water pipe burst under Sunset Boulevard in Los Angeles, sending a geyser 30 feet into the air and a flood of troubles over the UCLA campus. Raging water and mud trapped five people, swamped 1,000 cars ...


    By Ensia

  • City of Warm Springs, Georgia - Case Study

    The City of Warm Springs is a small community of approximately 500 residents located in central Georgia. In 2010, water testing found a radium level between 8 - 11 pCi/L and a Gross Alpha level of 25 pCi/L, both above state and USEPA drinking water regulations of 5 pCi/L and 15 pCi/L respectively. Engineering Management Inc (EMI) conducted a pilot test in late 2010 to test a manganese dioxide ...

  • Who Owns Groundwater?

    California’s drought underscores the need to improve how the state - and the rest of us - divvy up a resource in demand. Grapevines march across wires strung along rolling hills, their little trunks improbably supporting heavy black fruit. Cindy Steinbeck’s family has been farming this land since 1920. They grow Zinfandel, Viognier, Cabernet, Merlot, and Petite Syrah grapes but are ...


    By Ensia

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