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    a national workshop Distributed and Nonstructural Water and Wastewater Systems Charting Soft Paths to Integrated Water Resource Management Two reports based on the discussions and conclusions of the workshop have already been released the first outlines recommendations for federal policies and the second describes funding and training research and development needs This third report summarizes the training research and development activities funded by the NDWRCDP and related National Community Decentralized

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    and treatment plants to protect public health and the water quality of rivers lakes and coastal waters and of the nation s drinking water supply Drainage systems channels and levees built by the U S Army Corps of Engineers and by local engineers prevent and control flooding of developed areas In spite of localized successes of this capital intensive transport water and wastewater away approach workshop participants proposed that the country will confront increasingly serious water resource challenges in the coming decades Projections indicate that the gap in local expenditures for repair and replacement of the aging urban water and wastewater point source infrastructure will be in the hundreds of billions of dollars Nonpoint sources including urban stormwater and agricultural runoff contribute to the majority of remaining water quality problems Widespread drought conditions and depleted aquifers in 2002 also contribute to concerns about looming water supply crises throughout the country Workshop participants argued that the timing is right for a major rethinking about whether the traditional capital intensive engineering solution to build more pipes at longer distances to transport water and wastewater to treat water and wastewater at central plants to build deeper channels and higher levees and to dig

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    Resources Capacity Development Project NDWRCDP was formed in 1996 to coordinate and implement a national training research and development agenda in decentralized water resources The NDWRCDP is a collaborative effort of the Coalition for Alternative Wastewater Treatment the Consortium of Institutes for Decentralized Wastewater Treatment the Electric Power Research Institute the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association and the Water Environment Research Foundation Funding for the Project was initiated by the U S Congress in response to growing needs for cost effective water resource management in rural and suburban areas and is through the Environmental Protection Agency s Office of Research and Development The priority for the first five years has been in decentralized wastewater management but in the future other soft path sectors in an integrated water resource management framework such as distributed storm water management and low impact development practices will be explored as well The NDWRCDP engages national academic and professional leadership in the development of better tools and practices not just in science and technology but also in management regulations and economics Curriculum development for training centers and universities is supported along with other projects to disseminate research findings and innovative practices This training research and development

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    National Capacity Development Project NSF International the U S Environmental Protection Agency US EPA and a number of onsite wastewater product manufacturers The purpose of holding the conference near Washington D C was to facilitate a meeting between the State Regulators and USEPA officials to discuss issues related to recent federal decentralized wastewater initiatives During the planning phase of the conference five topics were selected from which issue papers would be developed and presented to the USEPA officials These issue papers were drafted by committees working via the NSFC State Regulators Listserv email system At the conference itself these draft papers were presented to the entire group for input and consensus Afterward the papers were finalized in break out sessions comprised of an NSFC facilitator and the issue paper work group Finally PowerPoint presentations based on the issue papers were developed In addition to the state regulators conference NSFC sponsored a concurrent conference for onsite wastewater product manufacturers called the Captains of Industry Conference Prior to the meeting with USEPA officials the industry representatives developed their own issue paper and accompanying PowerPoint presentation This presentation along with the five developed by the state regulators was presented to USEPA officials on

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    This conference funded by the U S Environmental Protection Agency EPA was the culmination of an eighteen month long effort by the National Decentralized Water Resources Capacity Development Project NDWRCDP to assist onsite wastewater leadership in identifying critical research gaps in the field The five White Papers included in this Proceedings along with the reviewer comments for four of these papers provided the basis for extended discussion Topics for the papers had been determined from input at three prior daylong forums in Tampa Florida Kingston Rhode Island and Seattle Washington Research needs forums were convened in three different areas of the country in order to uncover the differences in regulatory concerns treatment capacity of soils climate etc At each of these sessions regulators industry leaders academics planners and others were asked to make presentations or otherwise participate in breakout sessions Approximately two hundred experts participated in one or more of these meetings Written comments were also submitted The NDWRCDP considered it vital to take the time necessary to identify research needs through a systematic inclusive process of discussion and feedback throughout the country In coming years the Capacity Development Project will use the research needs analysis in the five White

    Original URL path: http://www.decentralizedwater.org/research_project_NRNCP.asp (2016-05-01)
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