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50 years of Earth Month: 50 years of environmental justice

This marks the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day – and who could have imagined what kind of world we are experiencing now?

In April we have partnered with some amazing people and organizations who have given generously of their time and expertise to provide the following events at no cost to attendees. Bookmark our page as we are adding new events all the time. Our live attendance space is limited to 195 but we will be posting recordings here and in our WasteWater Education YouTube Channel

Tuesday April 14 at 2 PM ET – Register HERE

Catherine Flowers, a past WasteWater Education Board member, is a Franklin Center for the Humanities Practitioner in Residence.Based in Montgomery, Alabama, she is a fierce advocate for the under served and largely ignored working poor.
In this lecture, as part of our Earth Month series of public outreach events, Catherine will reflect on the disparity of progress made in the past 50 years of the environmental movement – a disparity still in evidence today.

Catherine is also an internationally recognized advocate for the human right to water and sanitation as expressed in the UN Sustainable Development Agenda.
In 2019 she testified before the US House Committee.
She is a Professor of Practice at Duke University.
Image courtesy of Pixabay la Fundación Hugo Zárate

Be safe! Be Well! Stay home!


Look forward ….
In this time of fear and real pain for so many individuals and communities we have one simple message.
Be kind to each other and we will get through this – together.
We will not, as too many others seem to be doing, use this dire situation to beat our own drum.
Just know that if you need help using or setting up an online event give us a call. We have opened our Adobe Connect platform to any non commercial entity that needs it at no charge.
This is not the time to be taking advantage of this tragedy and if you see price gauging or outright fraud – report it!

April 5, 1827: Birth of Joseph Lister — This Day in Water History

April 5, 1827: Birth of Joseph Lister. He was born in Upton House, Essex, England on April 5, 1827 and died on February 10, 1912. His life covered the entire span of the harshest debates over the germ theory of disease and its general acceptance. Lister completed his medical education including attendance at the Royal […]

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If a successful outcome is the goal? Then take the time to do it right!

Oliver Grievson – Board Chair:On behalf of WasteWater Education 501(c)3, I am inviting, and would welcome, your participation in this consensus building process.
In 2019, Board of Directors of WasteWater Education 501(c)3, a national and international water resources education organization, applied for a 3 year $540,000 grant to enable a comprehensive, consensus based, rule making process for what to now has been a highly contentious and politically fraught subject – a statewide Code governing onsite wastewater in Michigan.
Even though that particular application was unsuccessful the Board has made a commitment to proceed using the resources we already have in hand.
Previous attempts, at enacting a ‘statewide septic code’, became bogged down in politics, turf battles, and exclusionary tactics. By holding all planning meetings in one location many of those who wanted to were unable to participate either due to distance, time or financial travel budget constraints – leading, inevitably, to suspicion and opposition.
Taking a leaf out of the State of Ohio playbook, WasteWater Education will make available their online meeting platform. Acting as the host and facilitator, this online, live sessions, consensus building meeting space will allow anyone who wants to participate – regardless of location or travel budget.
WasteWater Education has pulled together an impressive collaboration of partnerships to move forward of which I am honored to be included.
The purpose is to allow an equal playing field to resolve conflict and achieve consensus.
Attendees will be asked to set aside any pre-conceived positions and turf protection and agree to be civil and respectful – even if you don’t personally agree with the consensus position.
Using the Ohio Admin Rules as a starting point, the final goal is to draft a comprehensive Michigan Public Health Code governing all aspects of non municipal wastewater systems _ and then present it as a precursor to eventual enabling legislation.
Using 2015 Ohio Administrative Code for Sewage Treatment Systems as a template, participants will address:
  1. Training, Licensing, Certification
  • a. Designers
  • b. Installers
  • c. Service personnel
  • d. Inspectors
  1. System Components
  • a. Certification
  • b. ASTM standards
  • c. NSF/ANSI Certification
  • d. Maintenance Contracts
  • e. Warranty
  1. Treatment Facilities
  • a. Residential
  • b. Community Systems
  • c. Treatment plants
  • d. Land application
  • e. Commercial Waste
  1. Regional/Local oversight
  • a. License to operate for practitioners
  • b. Installation review
  • c. Service Permit to Operate
  • d. Inspector certification
  • e. Regional Control Board
  1. System Components
  • a. Definition of ‘performance’
  • b. Order to remedy or prosecution
  • c. Collection of fines and fees
  • d. License revocation
Administrative Actions:
  1. Appeals
  2. Variances
  3. Permit Revocation
  4. Injunctive Relief
  1. Statewide Budget appropriation
  • a. Department of Health and Human Services
  • b. Revolving loan/grant fund for repair or replacement
  1. Regional Components
  • a. Collection of fees for permits, inspections and licenses
  • b. Collection of fines and fees
  • c. Responsible Management Utilities
This an open and transparent process designed to allow anyone to participate live or via online resources. If you have a mobile device or a computer or a conference room you can be part of this Rule making process.
The essence of consensus is that those who participate create a workable, sustainable and fundable program. There will be ground rules for civility and we are asking for a once a month commitment of your time.
The inaugural meeting will take place via the web in  March  at 10 AM. We anticipate meetings will run no longer than 90 minutes. However sub groups who may wish to meet more frequently and for longer can be accommodated. Also for specialist topics attendance at all meetings is not required – but we do ask each participant to review each section as it is drafted.
To accept this invitation, and participate in what may finally achieve a sensible onsite wastewater administration format for Michigan, please respond by email or telephone to:
Executive Director Dendra Best. 231 233 1806. info [at]
Do you agree that a disciplined approach to a comprehensive drafting of proposed administrative rules should come before moving on to introduction of enabling legislation?

March 13, 1914: Death of John L. Leal — This Day in Water History

March 13, 1914: Death (in Paterson, NJ) of John L. Leal, physician and water treatment expert who pioneered chlorine disinfection in the U.S. There are many unsung heroes who contributed significantly to public health at the turn of the 20thcentury. John L. Leal is one of them and after reading this, I think you will […]

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December 21, 1868: Birth of George Warren Fuller — This Day in Water History

December 21, 1868: Birth of George Warren Fuller in Franklin, Massachusetts. George Warren Fuller was, quite simply, the greatest sanitary engineer of his time, and his time was long—lasting from 1895 to 1934. In truth, we have not seen his like since. How did he reach the pinnacle of his field? What early influences led […]

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