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Water associations issue statement on hydraulic fracturing
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The American Water Works Association (AWWA), the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA), and the National Association of Water Companies (NAWC) issued a statement supporting legislative and regulatory actions to ensure that oil and gas development receives appropriate oversight. "The federal government must assist states and local governments ensure necessary public health and environmental protections are in place," AWWA, AMWA, and NAWC said

IECA introduces Mentorship Program
DENVER – The International Erosion Control Association (IECA) Region One launched its Mentorship Program as a new membership benefit. The IECA Mentorship Program is a way for established members and students or new members to connect with one another and form partnerships of mutual learning as mentors and mentees. This program intends to provide a database of members, who have volunteered to serve as a mentor, to other members. Members interested in finding a mentor can locate one either in their area or view a potential member's online record to find one who shares their areas of professional interest.
More information about the IECA Mentorship Program is available at

AWWA releases two financial management publications
DENVER – The American Water Works Association (AWWA) released two publications designed to assist water utilities in the critical areas of financial management and rate-making. "Financial Management for Water Utilities: Principles of Finance, Accounting, and Management Controls" and the fully updated sixth edition of "Principles of Water Rates, Fees, and Charges (M1)" are now available. As a complementary publication, "Principles of Water Rates, Fees, and Charges (M1)" is designed to help utilities fully recover the cost of producing and delivering safe water, while charging different customer classes equitably, planning for capital improvements, and supporting a community's social, economic, political, and environmental concerns. The manual presents all the water rate structures, fees, and charges in common use among water utilities and it explains the advantages and disadvantages of each.
Both publications are available in AWWA's online store at

ASTM honors Slag Cement Association director
W. CONSHOHOCKEN, PA. – ASTM International honored Anthony E. Fiorato, Ph.D., P.E., a consultant and executive director of the Slag Cement Association, Barrington, Ill., with the 2012 William T. Cavanaugh Memorial Award for his outstanding leadership and contributions in promoting and strengthening the national and international voluntary standards system. Before retiring in 2007, Fiorato served as president and CEO of CTLGroup, Skokie, Ill. The award commemorates W.T. Cavanaugh, CEO of ASTM from 1970 to 1985.

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