SWC New Highlight: DWSRF and Capacity Building in Action Webinar Series

Comments by Dr. John Wiener, NHMA Board member:

There was nearly ubiquitous frustration with limits and delays in Federal Emergency Management Agency assistance at the Natural Hazards Center’s 46th Annual Workshop and subsequent Practitioners’ Workshop held by the Natural Hazards Mitigation Association.

One frequent response in many of the panel discussions and audience participation was to work on getting better at using different supports for different pieces of the puzzle of improved use and management of the environment. Another was the need to get people out of their “silos” – a narrow focus and significant expertise on a single aspect or issue.

The Source Water Alert on Drinking Water Training looks to a water provider to protect water quality and keep some control over the costs of drinking water treatment. The sad story of Des Moines, Iowa facing huge costs to treat agricultural pollution in its drinking water sources is an illustration of the failure to consider all the parts and pieces of water flow; and the excess nitrogen and phosphorus introduced by agriculture and industry degrades water all the way down into the Gulf of Mexico.

The protection of drinking water sources looks to a coastal Gulf community as a goal for managing that pollution and the costs imposed – or silently borne — on downstream water users and environmental quality.

To a person focused on flood mitigation, protecting drinking water sources looks like reduction of the speed of runoff, water detention, and erosion control. As the explosion in wildfire is proving, flood hazards are intimately linked to forest and grassland conditions.

The link in the announcement below did not work for me, but this did:

https://www.epa.gov/dwreginfo/drinking-water-training

There are webinars on small systems, and resilience training for drinking and waste water utilities.

There are webinars on small systems, and resilience training for drinking and waste water utilities.

Getting benefits from information like this does not require having or seeking a credential. And materials from information like this may also be very useful for informing Tribal/National, State and Local governments, as well as federal employees who may be siloed or at the bottom of a deep trench.