Clean Water

The United States’ water supply is protected by the Clean Water Act (CWA) for surface water, and the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) for water distributed through our water system. These laws recognize the importance of water in both ecological systems and human health, and protect human health in the natural environment (CWA) and in the built environment (SDWA), as well as the health of the great ecosystem.

RESOLVE has worked on projects that touch on both areas of clean water, and our staff has played key roles in:

  • Developing consensus recommendations from federal advisory committees for different SDWA regulations
  • Facilitating a dialogue on how to provide safe drinking water on airplanes
  • Developing stormwater management plans for watersheds in Fairfax County, VA
  • Facilitating a cross-agency stormwater management task force in Montgomery County, MD

Selected RESOLVE success:

Total Coliform Rule and Distribution System Advisory Committee
RESOLVE facilitated and mediated the EPA’s Total Coliform Rule and Distribution System Advisory Committee (TCRDSAC) over the course of a year and a half as the Committee, with support from its Technical Work Group, to develop consensus recommendations on how EPA should revise the Total Coliform Rule and develop a research and information collection plan for distribution systems.

Research and Information Collection Partnership
As recommended by the TCRDSAC, EPA and the Water Research Foundation form the Research and Information Collection Partnership (RICP) to develop an agenda for distribution system research and information collection. RESOLVE facilitated the RICP Steering Committee, comprised of respected water distribution system researchers, who provided feedback and input to the RICP as the partnership it developed the research and information collection agenda.

Fairfax County Watershed Planning Process
RESOLVE partnered with engineering firms F.X. Browne and KCI to develop watershed management plans for the Accotink Creek, Nichol Pond and Horsepen Creek, and Nichol Run and Pond Branch watersheds. RESOLVE coordinated the public engagement part of the process and facilitated the community Watershed Advisory Group for each watershed tasked with providing feedback to the county as the watershed plans were developed.

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