National Drinking Water Clearinghouse
West Virginia University
PO Box 6893
NGWA Delivers Groundwater Information
The National Ground Water Association (NGWA) is headquartered in Westerville, Ohio, and employs groundwater experts from a variety of fields, such as geologists and hydrologists, engineers, groundwater contractors, manufacturers, and suppliers of groundwater-related products and services.
The organizations purpose is to provide guidance to members, government representatives, and the public for sound scientific, economic, and beneficial development, protection, and management of the worlds groundwater resources. NGWA hosts educational courses and conferences on cutting-edge technology throughout the U.S. They publish three national publications, Water Well Journal, Ground Water Monitoring & Remediation, and Ground Water.
They also conduct two annual series of lectures: the Darcy Hydrogeology Lecture Series and the McEllhiney Distinguished Lecture Series in Water Well Technology. NGWA also maintains Ground Water On-Line, a database containing more than 87,000 groundwater literature citations. Visit their Web site, or call them at (800) 551-7379 or (614) 898-7791.
Site Provides Practical Research
The Reason Foundation and Reason Public Policy Institute (RPPI) developed RPPIs Privatization Center in 1992 to help federal, state, and local policymakers evaluate and implement privatization strategies. The center provides practical research and analysis, how-to guides, case studies, and reports designed to inform elected officials on how to streamline government. The center specializes in government services and infrastructure, such as airports, electric power, highways, transit, and water or wastewater facilities.
The centers privatization hotline, (310) 391-6525, helps callers to obtain information about privatization, competitive contracting, full-cost accounting, and other reform tools.
The center publishes a monthly newsletter, Privatization Watch, and its Annual Privatization Report, a comprehensive overview of the years most significant privatization developments in the U.S. With strong privatization and government reform themes emerging in Washington, D.C., and in state legislatures across the nation, RPPIs Privatization Center continues to provide practical tools for improving efficiency and accountability in government.
Water Industry News Offers Free Downloads
Water Industry News supplies news about a number of areas in the drinking water industry, including privatization, GASB 34, bottled water, water contaminants, and more. The site, sponsored by Environmental Market Analysis, offers free downloads of many of its publications, including the World Water Development Report, Privatization of Water Services in the United States, and case studies of public-private partnerships.
NCPPP Water Institute Maintains Water Resources
The National Council for Public-Private Partnerships is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization founded in 1985. The council maintains a growing list of public and private sector members, with experience in a wide variety of public-private partnerships. Its training and public education programs provide resources nationwide. The councils activities are geared toward enhancing the partnership process from networking events, such as conferences and issue forums, to focused opportunities, such as committees, institutes, speakers bureau, and Web site.
One of the councils most active features is the Water Institute (WI). The WI provides a forum for using public-private partnerships in design, building, and operation and maintenance of water and wastewater systems. The WI conducts seminars and workshops for public officials on topics such as full-cost accounting, best practices to develop public-private partnerships, and related subjects.
The WI has a multitude of resources on water and wastewater issues. Most are accessible through the councils Web site. The site also includes papers, articles, publications, and other valuable Web resources. NCPPP also offers information on public-private partnerships through its press kit, including general information, top ten facts about partnerships, and questions and answers from public officials, among other resources.
For more information on NCPPP and the WI, visit www.ncppp.org or call NCPPP at (202) 467-6800.
CPI Demands Government Accountability
The Center for Public Integrity (CPI) provides the American people with the findings of investigations and analyses of public service, government accountability, and ethics-related issues, such as privatization.
The centers books, studies, and newsletters combine political science and investigative reporting. The center aims to produce high-quality, well-documented, investigative research resulting in better-informed citizens who demand a higher level of accountability from government and elected leaders. The center also extends its style of watchdog journalism to public global interest through the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (ICIJ). Created in 1997, ICIJ includes more than 80 leading investigative reporters and editors in over 40 countries.
Since opening its doors in downtown Washington, D.C., in 1990, the center has released more than 100 investigative studies.
EPA Launches Federal Rulemaking Web Site
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) launched a new online rulemaking Web site so that citizens and small businesses can access and comment on rules from a number of federal agencies. The Office of Management and Budget selected EPA to be the lead agency on the initiative. EPA Deputy Administrator Linda Fisher said Regulations.gov would give citizens a way to be involved in federal rulemaking on their own terms from wherever they choose to log on.
The Groundwater Foundation Informs the Public
The Groundwater Foundation is a nonprofit organization that is dedicated to informing the public about one of our greatest hidden resources, groundwater. Since 1985, the foundations programs and publications present the benefits everyone receives from groundwater and the risks that threaten groundwater quality. The foundation makes learning about groundwater fun and understandable for kids and adults.