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Talking Under Water Epsisode 52: Flood Mitigation as a One Water Issue

In this month’s episode of Talking Under Water the hosts highlight the recent DoD memo that temporarily halts the burning of PFAS as a disposal method and touch on the complexities of Build America Buy America. Additionally, they discuss new grant funding to the State Revolving Funds from the US EPA. Finally, they share an interview with Jesse Mains, the stormwater management division chief for the City of Alexandria and Brian Rahal, the division’s senior civil engineer. Co-host Katie Johns spoke with them about how Alexandria is managing flood mitigation work, how flooding affects wastewater and drinking water and green infrastructure solutions to flood mitigation.

Show Notes:


  • Cold Open | 0:00
  • Host introduction & episode summary | 1:06
  • U.S. Department of Defense temporary PFAS burning halt | 1:49
  • Build America, Buy America | 2:55
  • EPA announces issuance of State Revolving Fund money | 4:06
  • Interview introduction | 6:29
  • Water work in Alexandria, Virginia | 7:50
  • Collaborating with entities and communicating to the public | 9:50
  • Program allowing use of public funds on private property | 14:04
  • Eligible practices and flood mitigation devices for that program | 16:52
  • How the program has been going | 19:49
  • How flood mitigation can use a one water mindset | 21:05
  • Common flood mitigation solutions | 24:37
  • Storm intensity increasing and the challenges it creates | 27:56
  • Final thoughts | 32:40
  • Big Announcement: Joining Endeavor Business Media | 33:51
  • Housekeeping | 35:48


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About the Podcast

Talking Under Water is the premier podcast for the water industry, including municipal and industrial water and wastewater, residential water treatment, storm water management and erosion control. It is produced in coordination between Water & Wastes Digest (WWD), Water Quality Products (WQP) and Storm Water Solutions (SWS). The podcast covers topics under the One Water movement including the municipal and industrial water and wastewater, point of use, point of entry, residential, storm water and erosion control markets. Talking Under Water highlights news, trends, new technologies, industry discussions and on-site interviews with experts for WWD, WQP and SWS. New episodes of the podcast are released on the third Friday of every month. Logo Images: Anatoly Tiplyashin / Romolo Tavani /

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