Member Pipeline - Action Alert - February 22, 2007
February 22, 2007
ACTION REQUESTED BY: March 9, 2007
NACWA Seeks Member Input on Brief Climate Change Survey
NACWA is interested in learning from its public agency members whether their agencies or communities have initiated any planning related to, or actions in, response to the growing concerns surrounding climate change. NACWA has recently undertaken an effort to review the emissions estimates the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has developed for wastewater treatment plants and activity on other climate-related fronts is intensifying throughout the Federal government. For example, EPA’s Office of Research and Development is conducting a study to determine whether changes in precipitation patterns related to climate change may affect ongoing efforts to reduce combined sewer overflows (CSOs). In addition, states have already developed, or are developing, strict regulatory regimes to reduce greenhouse gas emissions that are impacting, or may impact, clean water agencies and the U.S. Congress is poised to do the same.
There are critical linkages between climactic changes, including precipitation quantity and intensity, water availability, and sea level increases, and the management of water and wastewater. Many communities are looking for ways to control their greenhouse gas emissions in the hopes of stemming the effects of climate change, but at the same time are developing plans to adapt to possible changes should reduction efforts fail. Additionally, while many of the Nation’s clean water agencies may not explicitly have programs in place for reducing greenhouse gas emissions, current efforts, such as the reuse of methane gas, can significantly decrease greenhouse gas emissions by preventing the release of methane and by decreasing the treatment plant’s energy consumption. These may be activities that Congress would support as part of a climate control legislative package. Given these interests, NACWA believes that the clean water community must be an active participant in the debate on climate change to ensure the interests of the clean water community are voiced.
To appropriately assess its future activity on these issues, however, NACWA needs input from its public agency members on the following six questions to help inform its advocacy efforts. Please fill out this survey and click submit, or send your responses to Cynthia Finley, NACWA’s Director of Regulatory Affairs, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by fax at 202/833-4657 by March 9, 2007.
Again, please submit this online form or send responses to Cynthia Finley, NACWA’s Director of Regulatory Affairs, at email@example.com, or by fax to 202/833-4657 by March 9, 2007.