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WaterWorld Weekly - Feb. 4, 2013

Mon, 4 Feb 2013|

Blueprint outlines vision for utility of the future; Utah bill proposes sales tax on potable water; Report warns U.S. coasts at risk from climate change; World's largest wetland designated in Bolivia

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[MUSIC] Hi, I'm Angela Godwin from WaterWorld Magazine, bringing you this week's water and waste water news headlines. Coming up. [SOUND] Blueprint outlines vision for utility of the future. Utah bill proposes sales tax on potable water. Report warns U.S. coasts at risk from climate change. World's largest wetland designated in Bolivia. [SOUND] A new document aims to help transform the way traditional waste water utilities view themselves and manage their operations. Water resources utility of the future, a blue print for action, a co-operative effort by the Water Management Federation, the National Association of Pre-modern Agencies and the Water Environment Research Foundation. Defines in the evolving environmental, economic and social roles that clean water utilities are playing in their communities. Document explores how traditional publicly own treatment works have mastered their core of wastewater treatment function and are now redefining themselves as resource recovery agencies, and vital community enterprises. Ken Kirknaquas, executive director said. Said, This blueprint will help us realize a sustainable future that minimizes waste, maximizes resources, protects the rate-payer, improves the community, and embraces innovation in an unprecedented manner. You can access the blueprint online at weft.org.. A Utah lawmaker is proposing residents pay sales tax on their water to help pay for future water projects including the Lake Powell pipeline. In SB 154 Senator Scott Jenkins outlines a plan that would yield more than $24 million annually in new revenue. By making potable water subject to the state's sales tax rules. The revenue would go into the Water Resources Conservation and Development Fund. Utah's population is projected to double in the next 50 years and with that more than $16 million in water projects has been identified to meet the state's water infrastructure needs. Senator Jakens believes his legislation will encourage conservation, and generate funds for expansion. Providing a way for water to, quote, pay its own way, end quote. [SOUND] A new technical report from USGS and NOAA finds, that the effects of climate change will continue to threaten the health and vitality of US coastal community's social, economic, and natural systems. The report examines and describes climate change impacts on coastal ecosystems. And human economies [INAUDIBLE]. Communities. It finds that all US coasts are highly vulnerable to the effects of climate change such as sea level rise, erosion, storms and flooding. It also indicates that the financial risks associated with both private and public hazard insurance are expected to increase dramatically. The authors also emphasized storm surge flooding and sea level rise pose significant threats to public and private infrastructure. That provides energy, sewage treatment, clean water, and transportation of people and goods. The report, Coastal Impacts, Adaptation, and Vulnerabilities: A Technical Input to the 2013 National Climate Assessment, can be accessed online at NOAA.gov. [SOUND] In international news, to commemorate World Wetlands Day on February 2nd, the [UNKNOWN] Convention on Wetlands of International Importance has designated its largest site ever in the South American country of Bolivia. The 17 million acre [UNKNOWN] located near the boarders of Peru and Brazil in the southwestern corner of the Amazon basin is made up of tropical savannahs experiencing cyclical droughts and floods. The wetlands are especially prized for their rich natural diversity supporting an array of wildlife including rare and threatened species like the giant river otter, the Bolivian river dolphin, and the endangered blue-throated Macaw. The new designation is the result of a cooperative effort led by Bolivian local and national government. With the necessary studies carried out by the World Wildlife Federation. It's expected to bolster existing protections and solidify the future conservation of the region. [SOUND] For WaterWorld Magazine, I'm Angela Godwin. Thanks for watching. [MUSIC]

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