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leafNew Report: Public-Private Partnership Opportunities for Water and Water Resource Recovery Utility Energy Projects

THG to Host Summit on the Future of Transboundary Water Management

Recap of Superfund Initiative Roundtable

Featured Column – The Water & Environmental Technology Center: Collaborating for Solutions


spacerNew Report: Public-Private Partnership Opportunities for Water and Water Resource Recovery Utility Energy Projects

Description: P3Report

On behalf of the Water Research Foundation, THG in collaboration with PLDO conducted an assessment of public-private partnership (P3) opportunities for water and water resource recovery utility (W&WRRU) energy projects. The final report, Public-Private Partnership Opportunities for Water and Water Resource Recovery Utility Energy Projects, will assist W&WRRUs identify opportunities and undertake energy projects through P3s. The Water Environment & Reuse Foundation was a partner on this project.

The report includes a detailed review and discussion of relevant energy projects and P3 issues, including energy and P3 project drivers, legal matters, risk allocation, financing options, contractual drafting and structuring, and monitoring and oversight. Collaborating with a geographically diverse set of utilities, the report contains case studies providing concrete examples and lessons learned for P3 energy projects at W&WRRUs. The report concludes with a set of recommended best practices for undertaking such projects.

Description: webcast

On September 28, WRF will host a webcast where co-authors Sean McGinnis, Director of The Horinko Group; Emily Hammond, Senior Advisor of The Horinko Group; and Bruce Tobey, Of Counsel with PLDO, will provide real-world insights on legal, financing, contracting, and risk management practices by reflecting on their water-energy marketplace research and various case studies. They will also highlight the characteristics, challenges, barriers, risks, incentives, and benefits associated with P3 energy initiatives at W&WRRUs. Their goal is to better position utilities to consider the use of P3s to achieve their infrastructure needs in the most financially and environmentally effective manner possible.

To download the report, click here.

To register for the webinar, click here.

spacerTHG to Host Summit on the Future of Transboundary Water Management

Description: summit

On October 12, THG in partnership with the Mannie Jackson Center for the Humanities Foundation will gather in Washington, DC to convene a Summit entitled, The Future of Transboundary Water Management – Cooperation, Informed Decision-Making, and Empowering Local Actors, which will discuss implications of big data management for improving the human condition from the conflict-torn Jordan River in the Middle East, to the complicated water rights of the Western United States, to the Mississippi River’s cyclic drought and abundance.

Empowering local actors to access and utilize data with purpose and confidence is an important step in positioning farm operators, utility managers, and those who govern locally to better self-determine a sustainable path forward. Proof of concept projects will be considered for each region, accounting for social indicators and the human dimension of these natural systems.

Stay tuned for the proceedings!

To view the Summit overview and agenda, click here.

For additional information, please contact Brendan McGinnis at

spacerRecap of Superfund Initiative Roundtable

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency launched an initiative to promote expeditious remediation and revitalization of Superfund sites. The goal of the initiative is to dramatically improve the progress of cleanups across the country by incentivizing stakeholders, encouraging private investment in cleanups, and applying best practices that lead to full beneficial use of properties across the country. A Superfund Task Force established by the U.S. EPA Administrator published a set of recommendations on July 25, 2017 to meet this goal.

Description: Roundtable

To foster a timely response to this initiative, on August 10, 2017, THG in partnership with HSW Engineering convened the Superfund Initiative Roundtable with federal and state agencies, private and public responsible parties, and nongovernmental organizations. The Roundtable provided an opportunity to exchange ideas and discuss creative, workable solutions to mitigate administrative, technical, and financial barriers to completing environmental cleanups and returning properties to productive use.

A summary report of the discussion will be available in the coming weeks on the THG Roundtable webpage.

To download the Roundtable resources, click here.


spacerTHG Senior Advisor to Present at International Technical Workshop on Climate Risk
October 25-26, 2017 | Kennebunk, ME | Registration


Dr. Shawn Dalton, THG Senior Advisor on Social Ecology & Human Dimensions, will give two presentations at the upcoming 2nd Annual International Technical Workshop on Climate Risk in Kennebunk, Maine on October 25-26, 2017.

This unique, retreat-style forum on climate change is a collaboration amongst innovators in the arenas of research, policy, and industry. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss findings, challenges and goals. Dr. Dalton’s presentations include: “Climate Change Communication: From Practice to Theory to Improving Practice” and “Measuring and Mapping Community Vulnerability to Climate Change.”

To register for the event, click here.


The Water & Environmental Technology Center: Collaborating for Solution (excerpt)

By: Paul Yaroschak, President of Sustainable Methods, LLC

Description: Yaroschak

The Water & Environmental Technology (WET) Center is a model for capacity building and collaboration among academia, government, and industry. The Center conducts cutting edge research directed by the Industrial Advisory Board members, who share the results of the research, including intellectual property rights. The Center’s “technology roadmap” is focused on emerging and conventional contaminants, wastewater, drinking water, and water resources, including water reuse. Under the overall purview of the National Science Foundation, the Center demonstrates how research focused on current and emerging challenges can result in real-world commercial solutions that can help people and communities. As an example, one of the member companies recently commercialized a treatment technology for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) resulting from Center research. This technology will help communities address PFAS contamination in drinking water sources.