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California Water Board Adopts Stormwater Strategy

On Jan. 6, the California State Water Resources Control Board adopted a strategy that advances stormwater management statewide. The new strategy views stormwater as a resource for present and future water supply needs.

Unmanaged stormwater runoff presents a threat to human life and property, and it is a significant source of water quality pollution. However, California’s stormwater strategy promotes the value of stormwater for multiple benefits, including groundwater replenishment and habitat improvement.

“The drought, and the specter of more frequent droughts due to climate change, requires us to dramatically rethink how we manage stormwater in California,” said State Water Board Chair Felicia Marcus. “Stormwater should no longer be viewed as a nuisance, but instead embraced as an immediate and future water resource.”

Proper planning for stormwater harvesting will enable communities to improve local flood control and water quality while recharging groundwater and ensuring a more reliable water supply, Marcus said. Simultaneously, this infrastructure can contribute to urban greening to the benefit of Californians.

The strategy comes from the California Water Action Plan, released in January 2014. This plan calls for multibenefit stormwater management solutions and more efficient permitting programs. The California Water Boards support local partnerships and collaboration to identify effective ways to further integrate watershed management, multiple-benefit solutions, and source control for stormwater management efficiency and effectiveness.

California’s stormwater strategy identifies goals, objectives, and actions for the State Water Board and Regional Water Boards to continue to improve the regulation, management, and use of California’s stormwater resources.

NDS Signs a Distribution Deal With Triton Stormwater Solutions To Add Stormwater Chambers To Its S5 Sustainable Stormwater Solution

NDS, Inc., the nation’s leading provider of stormwater management solutions for both residential and commercial applications, today announced a new distribution partnership with Triton Stormwater Solutions (TritonSWS) that allows NDS to add three lines of Triton’s stormwater chamber products to NDS’s S5 Sustainable Stormwater Solution. NDS will be a preferred provider of the TritonSWS chambers across most of the U.S.

S5 is a new, innovative, professional stormwater management system that utilizes NDS components, such as catch basins, channel drains and Flo-Wells. A highly flexible and scalable single-source solution, S5 can be configured to meet a wide variety of residential and commercial applications. It is engineered for high performance and meets today’s regulations for on-site stormwater management.

“Triton’s stormwater chambers are a great addition to our already extensive line of stormwater products that are easy to install, easy to specify and deliver high performance results,” said Mike Gummeson, president, NDS. “This adds to our S5 system and gives specifiers, civil engineers and landscape architects even more options and greater flexibility in planning and installing their stormwater solutions.”

Triton’s unique, underground chambers provide a lower-cost alternative to drainage pipes for conveyance and cumbersome concrete structures. The TritonSWS product line eliminates the need for restrictive holding ponds that require use of valuable land area and offers the added benefits of groundwater recharge and water quality enhancement with a service life of over 50 years. Triton’s S29 (42.8 cubic feet storage), C10 (17.6 cubic feet storage) and M6 (11.5 cubic feet storage) chambers will now be part of the S5 solution.

“We here at Triton Stormwater Solutions are very excited to be teaming up with NDS,” said Joe Miskovich, inventor, founder and president, Triton Stormwater Solutions. “This relationship will provide the end user a much greater value proposition, more flexibility in solving drainage problems, greater ease in meeting stormwater regulations, and greater access to superior products in both the commercial and residential markets. The first class customer service provided by both NDS and TritonSWS –
coupled with extensive product lines – will afford any customer the desired solutions to their water-related problems.”

Specifically, Triton’s chambers, when compared to competitors, are –

Lighter: 46 percent lighter per cubic foot of storage
Greener: Manufactured using an eco-friendly, carbon-neutral, soy-based structural composite material
Larger: Up to 46 percent larger per linear foot than comparable products
Cost-effective: Less expensive to ship, takes less time to install and can be doubled stacked to maximize storage in a small footprint
Stronger: Third-party tests validated withstanding a rear axle load of 48kps (48,000 pounds) with little to no deformation without pavement
Easier to Install: Lightweight design allows for one-person installation

The NDS S5 system delivers five key sustainable benefits for both commercial and residential projects:

1. Improved conservation: Conserves stormwater on-site through filtration, detention and infiltration to counter the effects of drought, pollution and storms that threaten the quality and quantity of clean water
2. Better management: Manages rainfall on-site by maintaining pre-development hydrology as closely as possible and reducing downstream impact by using smaller, decentralized controls for filtration, detention and infiltration
3. Enhanced flexibility: Empowers designers to adapt the system footprint to the specific environmental conditions of an application site
4. Superior mitigation: Filters debris and other suspended solids, preventing negative downstream impacts through detention and infiltration components that reduce peak overflows
5. Greater replenishment: Promotes subsurface recharge to balance groundwater withdrawal

To learn more about the NDS S5 Sustainable Stormwater Solution system, visit http://www.ndspro.com/S5; follow on Twitter @NDS_pro. For more information about Triton Stormwater Solutions, visit http://www.tritonsws.com; follow on Twitter @TritonSWS.

About NDS, Inc.:
NDS, Inc. is a leader in stormwater management for both residential and commercial markets. Since 1972, NDS has served as a primary source for stormwater management, efficient landscape irrigation and water flow management products and solutions. Headquartered in Woodland Hills, California, NDS is a proud member of the NORMA Group, a global market leader in engineered joining technology. For more information about NDS, visit http://www.ndspro.com.

About Triton Stormwater Solutions:
Triton Stormwater Solutions, based in Brighton, Michigan, supplies the next generation of stormwater chamber management systems. Greater capacity, ease of chamber installation and superior strength make Triton Stormwater Solutions the professionals’ choice. Triton’s chambers outperform the competition in every major matrix. For more information about Triton, visit http://www.tritonsws.com.

Playing Dirty in the War for Water

I am a farmer’s daughter. I grew up checking sprinklers and changing irrigation with my dad in a pair of muddy boots. The experience afforded me an intimate awareness of the importance of having affordable water to nourish one’s crops. My family still farms in California, and as my last name indicates, our heritage is Hispanic. Which is why I find this story especially upsetting.

With poignant slogans and gripping imagery, an organization called “El Agua Es Asunto de Todos”—Water is Everybody’s Business—has demanded more water for the San Joaquin Valley. In video testimonials on the group’s website, Hispanic community members share stories of the valley’s once-productive fields as well as the suffering they experience now from lack of work. They discuss school closures, poverty, and loss of homes. The organization’s website reads: “No water. No work. No economy,” and, “Water is the key to our future. And the future is in our hands.”

The group’s message is a valid one. Without water there are no fields and therefore fewer jobs. But its message also strikes me as disingenuous. While El Agua operates under the guise of a grassroots Latino community effort, as the New York Times reported in December, it is funded entirely by Westlands Water District.

To be clear, nowhere on El Agua’s website could I find mention that the organization is bankrolled by Westlands. Nor could I find any statistic or reference to water availability and usage. Instead, its pages are filled with emotionally charged language and victimized pleas. “It’s a disaster,” one testimonial reads. “We’re going to lose everything we have.” But the fact is, that the group’s participants—presumably innocent, well-meaning people—are being played. And their heart-wrenching village campaign is, in reality, a thirsty wolf in sheep’s clothing.

Westlands Water District is not your average water district. According to the New York Times article, it supports about 600 large-scale farmers within a 600,000-acre stretch of land in California’s San Joaquin Valley. As the Times reports, it’s a $100 million-a-year agency and a powerful political force, with a litigious past and five lobbying firms under contract in Washington and Sacramento, all with one objective: to get its hands on inexpensive water.

The New York Times reports that for decades a federal water management organization called the Central Valley Project offered farmers in California’s San Joaquin Valley an abundance of affordable water that it gathered in northern California and piped south via 500 miles of canals. Farmers within the district received a triple subsidy—cheap water, USDA crop subsidies, and below-market electricity. However, in the 1970s, the State Water Project created a second canal system and diverted some of the same water from the northern Californian source rivers.

As you can imagine, devastating environmental problems emerged. Commercial salmon fisheries collapsed. At the confluence of the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers, fish populations declined dramatically. Congress’s solution was a law reserving at least a minimum amount of water for wildlife. Not surprisingly, it hit a nerve with farmers in the San Joaquin Valley. El Agua represents one facet of Westlands’ many efforts to access more federal water.

Since then, Westlands has lobbied for new reservoirs to augment Central Valley Project reserves, according the New York Times. It has pleaded that water scarcity will ruin the lives of the district’s Latino population. Purchasing water at inflated prices from other sources would reduce agricultural profits and threaten farmers’ bottom line with ruinous results. The New York Times reports that Westlands is currently working to persuade Congress to loosen the rules that set aside Sacramento basin water for fisheries. And it will stop at nothing to get the federal tap turned back on.

In a heartfelt message on El Agua’s website, general director Martha Elvia Rosas writes, “When we suffer water restrictions, all of us are affected. However the Hispanic community is especially vulnerable. We lose our jobs and our businesses. Furthermore, we lose educational opportunities for our children and, in general, our entire future is put at risk.” This statement, while partially true, leaves out the fact that Westlands has the power to change the current circumstances, or any role in the issue’s resolution for that matter.

El agua es absolutamente asunto de todos. I couldn’t agree more. Water rights are indeed everyone’s business. And I wholeheartedly support an honest discussion of facts between farmers, politicians, and the Hispanic community. But manipulative tactics and self-serving slogans? That just seems sinister.

By Laura Sanchez-Editor Water Efficiency Weekly

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