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The Horinko Group Newsletter: Issue 8, August 2011

Webinar Recording Now Available – Clean Water Act Regulation Following Rapanos
Clean Water Act Following Rapanos: Clear as Mud?The full recording and slideshow of The Horinko Group’s recent July 27 webinar entitled, Clean Water Act Regulation Following Rapanos – Clear as Mud?, is now available.

The webinar attracted nearly 200 participants and provided insight from both the regulated and regulatory communities regarding if and how the new guidelines will provide regulatory clarity, predictability, consistency, and transparency in the protection of our nation’s water quality.

To download the recording and PowerPoint, please visit our website.

Security and Sustainability Forum Announces Next Webinar:
Adaptations to Protect the Nation's Physical Infrastructure

Security and Sustainability ForumOur nation’s aging infrastructure faces a new threat – the changing climate and weather patterns across the country. Too many existing buildings, roads, bridges, and other structures are not going to be usable in a few decades. Issues such as flood events and faster deterioration of roads require immediate action. At the same time, cities need to look to the future when starting new construction projects in order to identify building materials, landscaping choices, and architectural designs that will adapt to the changing climate in coming years.

In Session Three of the complimentary Adaptation Webinar Series monthly webinar, hear from Lynn Scarlett, Former Deputy Secretary of the Interior and Co-Director of Resources for the Future’s Center for the Management of Ecological Wealth, as she moderates a panel of international experts on the role of adaptation to protect our nation’s physical infrastructure in a changing climate.

The third session will take place on Wednesday, September 28 from 2:00 - 3:30PM Eastern. To register for this upcoming webinar and listen to previously recorded sessions, visit the SSF's website at

From Intimate Creeks to the Infinite Seas

River Management Society and Riverlink Seek Proposals and Presenters for 2012 Symposium
River Management Society and Riverlink invite you to participate in the 2012 North American River Management Symposium taking place on April 24 - 26, 2012 in Asheville, NC. They are seeking presenters, proposals for workshops, session organizers, poster session participants, and special workshop coordinators.

Visit their website at for additional information on how to submit a proposal abstract.

Upcoming Events

Association of State and Interstate Water Pollution Control Administrators ASIWPCA Annual Meeting 2011
August 15 - 17, 2011 | Charleston, SC
The Association of State & Interstate Water Pollution Control Administrators will hold its annual meeting on August 15 - 17, 2011 in Charleston, South Carolina.

Celebrating its Golden Anniversary, The Horinko Group salutes ASIWPCA for 50 years of being a consistent leader in fostering cooperation between states and the federal government to protect our nation's surface waters.

To view the meeting agenda and register, please visit their website at

Energy and Water Institute of New YorkBuilding Water Awareness: Summit at the United Nations
September 16, 2011 | New York, NY
When the United Nations General Assembly opens its 66th session on September 16 in New York City, water scarcity and its interrelated issues of climate change and drought, and global security will be at the forefront of the discussion. World leaders, academics, non-government organizations, private sector representatives and the UN General Assembly will gather to take the first step toward organizing a worldwide education and awareness campaign on the global water crisis. The daylong event will feature a welcoming address by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki- Moon as well as multiple panels addressing the myriad water issues facing developed and developing countries alike.

Stay tuned as registration becomes available.

2011 Water Resources SummitOctober 25 Water Resources Summit Draws Near
October 25, 2011 | College Park, MD | Register Now
The Horinko Group's October 25 Water Resources Summit is less than 100 days away!

We are excited for this year's world class lineup of speakers and presentations. Be a part of the dialogue and let your voice be heard.

To view the full agenda and register, please visit the Summit Website at

Spotlight On...

Natural Resources Defense Council: Thirsty for Answers

Natural Resources Defense Council Releases Latest Water Report
The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) recently released its August 2011 water report entitled, “Thirsty for Answers: Preparing for the Water-related Impacts of Climate Change in American Cities.” To help cities become more resilient to the rising threats of climate change, NRDC reviewed more than 75 scientific studies and other reports to summarize the water-related vulnerabilities in 12 cities across the United States.

To view and download the full report, visit the NRDC "Thirsty for Answers" website at

Featured Column

Excerpt from: "Clean Water Act and the Need for Certainty"
textBy: Brendan P. McGinnis, Director, The Horinko Group's Water Division
If the government’s debt ceiling crisis has taught us anything, it is that uncertainty is bad for business. As Texas Agriculture Commissioner Todd Staples reiterated at a recent Congressional committee hearing on EPA’s greenhouse gas and Clean Air Act regulations, “the market can stand good news, and it can stand bad news, but it cannot stand uncertainty.” Our market economy tends to be risk averse and uncertainty is unsettling. In the regulatory world, such uncertainty breeds inefficiency and controversy.

At The Horinko Group, we have always promoted making the business case for sustainability. But as it stands today, the uncertainty we are encountering in Clean Water Act regulation is simply not sustainable. Not for business, not for the regulatory community, and not for the environment. What triggered this uncertainty?

Click here to read the remainder of the Featured Column.

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