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Ergs, Joules & Other for the
Notes on Energy and Other Issues
Rural Water Community and Maybe Others
BY JOHN E.
2915 South 13th St.,
Duncan, OK 73533
26,696 Water and
problem) is a
stems from the
process set up
in the Clean
Water Act (CWA)
to deal with
been a lot in the regulatory news about the nutrient problem, especially in
Florida, but elsewhere also. Consequently, I thought maybe it would be well to look into this issue a
bit, especially inasmuch as many of our readers are probably not familiar with it in any detail.
LATELY THERE HAS
First of all, this is a wastewater issue and stems
from the process set up in the Clean Water Act
(CWA) to deal with specific water body pollution.
Briefly and somewhat over simplified, the process
• Defining a designated use or uses for a given
• Establishing water quality criteria commensurate with that designated use(s)
• Measuring attainment or non-attainment of the
level of quality specified by the above criteria,
• For cases of non-attainment, specifying corrective action to hopefully bring the water body
quality to a level specified by the criteria. This
can include establishing a TMDL for that body
for a specific element or compound and apportioning this TMDL among the point and nonpoint sources discharged to this water body.
The nutrient issue arises in connection with
the second bullet above and attained national
publicity and prominence when the USEPA as
a result of a lawsuit by environmental groups set
very stringent nutrient (nitrogen and phosphorus)
criteria for many of Florida water bodies. The
EPA criteria have been vigorously opposed by
numerous groups, especially in Florida, because
of the cost and impracticability of meeting the
low levels specified, and the latest development in
this continuing saga was the acceptance by EPA
of a revised set of criteria and approach Proposed
by the Florida Department of Environmental
Protection. Stay tuned for further developments
in this controversial issue.
The Florida experience is just an example.
Charles and Flowers in the January 2012 issue
of JAWWA indicate that EPA is on a course to
pressure all states to develop numeric nutrient
criteria (NNC) rather than narrative criteria. They
cite Kentucky, Wisconsin, and Illinois as further examples of the widespread nature of this
EPA CWA initiative. These authors suggest that
Land Use Planning, Public finance, Legislative
Actions, TMDL Implementation, Special Purpose
Governments, Pollutant Trading, and Permitting
are areas that states need to actively consider in
meeting this challenge.
Obviously, this discussion barely touches the
surface of this important subject. Whether you
agree with the cited authors’ analysis or not, there
doesn’t seem to be any doubt that the Nutrient
Criteria issue is here to stay and states as well as
individual systems need to be aggressive in dealing
with the problem.
This article ran in Energy Plus Newsletter,
Volume 5, Issue 2, February 2013. Contact John
E. Regnier, NRWA, at email@example.com
or (334) 462-1541.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Streamline - Spring 2013
From the President
From the Executive Director
Water and Wastewater Certifi cation Exam Test Taking Tips
Past 25 Years of VRWA
Proactive vs. Reactive
Asset Management and Drought Management
Is the Tank Contaminating the Water?
Committed to the Future of Rural Communities
Standard Operating Procedure For Leak Detection Using the Pressure Hold Method
The Virginia RATES Program is at Your Service
Ergs, Joules and Other Stuff
VRWA 25th Annual Exposition Agenda
Do You Know What Your VRWA Benefi ts Are?
Throwing My Loop
Welcoming New Members
Board Of Directors
Index To Advertisers/Ad.com
Streamline - Spring 2013