GWPC Project Updates

Annual Forum Fast Approaching

You won't want to miss this year's Annual Forum, to be held in Oklahoma City, where the GWPC will co-locate with the National Rural Water Association and Interstate Oil and Gas Compact Commission meetings.

Mingle with state, federal and industry attendees from across the country. Registration and a welcome reception will be held on Sunday evening, Sept. 27. Conference sessions will begin Monday morning, Sept. 28. 

Visit for hotel room block information, a tentative agenda and abstracts, as well as sponsorship information.

Induced Seismicity Update

The Induced Seismicity work group is continuing its efforts to develop a primer to provide regulatory agencies with a guide to the causes and effects of induced seismic events. The work group, which is a part of the States First Initiative, will release the primer in September at the GWPC Annual Forum. 

More information about the work group project, scope and participants can be found in a Fact Sheet on the States First Web site. 

Federal News

Interior Proposed New Surface Coal Mining Rule

On July 27, the U.S. Department of Interior proposed new rules to protect streams, fish, wildlife, and related environments from the adverse impacts of surface coal mining operations and to provide mine operators with a regulatory framework to avoid water pollution and the long-term costs associated with water treatment. The proposed rule would require each permit specify the point at which adverse mining-related impacts on groundwater and surface water would reach that level of "material damage to the hydrologic balance outside the permit area."

Comments on the proposed rule, the draft environmental impact statement, and the draft regulatory impact analysis are due on or before September 25, 2015. The rule is available online

Deadline to Comment on EPA’s Draft Hydraulic Fracturing Drinking Water Assessment Approaching

On June 4, 2015, EPA released the Draft Assessment of the Potential Impacts of Hydraulic Fracturing for Oil and Gas on Drinking Water Resources for public comment and peer review.
As part of that process, EPA’s Science Advisory Board (SAB) published a Federal Register Notice announcing a public meeting and three teleconferences. The deadline to submit public comment for the SAB Panel’s consideration is August 28, 2015.

Comments on these materials may be submitted using the e-Government web site. From the site, select “Environmental Protection Agency” and the keyword “EPA-HQ-OA-2015-0245” (for the docket ID).

Promoting Technology Innovation for a Sustainable Water Future – EPA Releases a Progress Report on Innovations in the Water Sector

In April 2014, Administrator McCarthy issued Promoting Technology Innovation for Clean and Safe Water: Water Technology Innovation Blueprint – Version 2 to demonstrate the extent of risks to water sustainability, the “market opportunities” for innovation, examples of innovation pioneers, and actions to promote technology innovation. These actions included ways that EPA will contribute to the effort along with utilities, industry, investors, academics, technology developers, and entrepreneurs.

Today, EPA is releasing Promoting Innovation for a Sustainable Future – A Progress Report, highlighting examples of innovation pioneers and their efforts toward water sustainability over the past year. This report provides additional examples of the growing momentum exhibited across the country to address traditional and emerging threats to the nation’s water resources.

EPA National Water Program Develops Handout Summarizing its Climate Change Adaptation Tools

(EPA Office of Water)

EPA's National Water Program has developed a handout summarizing the tools developed by the agency for state, tribal, and local governments and others to adapt their clean water and drinking water programs to a changing climate. Tools include, among others, a Storm Surge Inundation and Hurricane Strike Frequency Map; a Workbook for Developing Risk-Based Adaptation Plans; a Flood Resilience Guide for Water and Wastewater Utilities; and a National Stormwater Calculator with Climate Scenarios. View the hand out here.

Special Interest


New Report: More Extreme Heat is Coming to the Southeast

(Yahoo Finance)

The Southeastern United States and Texas are uniquely at risk from climate change, according to a new report released this week by the Risky Business Project – a non-partisan initiative chaired by Hank Paulson, Michael R. Bloomberg, and Tom Steyer. The report finds that across the region there is potential to significantly reduce these risks if policymakers and business leaders act to reduce emissions and adapt to a changing climate.

The report, Come Heat and High Water: Climate Risk in the Southeastern U.S. and Texas, finds that, across the Southeast, the average number of days above 95 degrees Fahrenheit is likely to increase from an average 9 days per year to up 62 days per year by mid-century. By the end of this century, this number will likely increase to 124 days per year.

The innovation comes at a time when the energy industry is generating trillions of gallons of contaminated water each year, some of it in California, Oklahoma, New Mexico and the Middle East, where drought and scarcity is taking its toll on groundwater. Full Story

GWPC Staff Profile

Brenda Short

Administrative Assistant

Brenda coordinates the logistical aspects of GWPC events. In addition to meeting coordination, she provides executive level support to both the Executive and Associate Director, provides reception and secretarial duties for all staff, and has several bookkeeping and general office management duties.

Upcoming Events

GWPC Annual Forum
Oklahoma City, OK
September 27th-30th, 2015

Hotel information:
Courtyard by Marriott-Bricktown
Register Online

GWPC UIC Conference
Denver, CO
February 23-25, 2016

More information coming soon.
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