News & Updates

GWPC Proclaims Septic Smart Week September 14-18, 2020


In a meeting this week, the GWPC Board voted to declare September 14 -18, 2020 Septic Smart Week.

This annual event, organized by the US EPA's Decentralized Wastewater Management MOU Partnership, is designed to inform homeowners on proper septic system care and maintenance, assist local agencies in promoting homeowner education and awareness, and educate local decision makers about infrastructure options to improve and sustain their communities. 

Visit the EPA web site for a septic system outreach toolkit that can be downloaded and printed to help educate homeowners.


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Supreme Court rejects EPA's narrow view of Clean Water Act


(By Mark Sherman | Associated Press)

The Supreme Court ruled Thursday that sewage plants and other industries cannot avoid environmental requirements under landmark clean-water protections when they send dirty water on an indirect route to rivers, oceans and other navigable waterways.

Rejecting the Trump administration’s views, the justices held by a 6-3 vote that the discharge of polluted water into the ground, rather than directly into nearby waterways, does not relieve an industry of complying with the ...

ATTENTION: GWPC Staff Teleworking


The GWPC is taking steps to mitigate risk of COVID-19 transmission and infection in the workplace and to the general public. Our staff has begun teleworking.

GWPC remains committed to its mission and our member states. Our main office phone line will be answered and office hours will remain the same. Thank you for your understanding.

GWPC UIC Conference Highlights Carbon Capture and Storage


The Ground Water Protection Council is offering a full day track dedicated to carbon capture and storage during its upcoming Underground Injection Control (UIC) Conference February 16 – 19, 2020 in San Antonio.

The annual conference is widely attended by state and federal government officials, industry representatives, academia, and NGOs from across the country.

We’re excited to offer this track focusing on carbon capture and storage,” said Mike Paque, GWPC executive director. “This topic is particularly important and timely as many more states are seeking primacy for the...

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NETL to Offer National Risk Assessment Partnership (NRAP) Workshop


U.S. DOE's National Energy Technology Laboratory (NETL) will host a free full-day National Risk Assessment Partnership (NRAP) Workshop at the Omni Hotel in San Antonio, co-located with the GWPC UIC Conference.

The event will be held on Wednesday, February 19.

Workshop participants do not have to be registered for the GWPC UIC Conference to attend; however, pre-registration is required as space is limited.

Topics Covered:

  • NRAP research objectives and products
  • Considerations for risk-based characterization at geologic carbon storage sites
  • ...
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