February Newsline: EPA, MSD water talks continue; White House Jobs Summit pushes water division project and more

February 2010 Vol. 65 No. 2

Under the new requirements, federal agencies must minimize stormwater runoff from federal development projects to protect water resources. Federal agencies can comply using a variety of stormwater management practices often referred to as "green infrastructure" or "low impact development" practices, including reducing impervious surfaces, using vegetative practices, using porous pavements and installing green roofs.
EPA is using sustainable techniques for reducing the effects of stormwater runoff at its facilities, such as installing a 3,000 square foot green roof as well as using rain gardens and cisterns to capture and reuse stormwater.

Stormwater runoff in urban and suburban areas is one of the leading sources of water pollution in the United States. Runoff can cause increased flooding and erosion and more pollution to surface waters.

Qwest, Level 3 telecoms spends less
Qwest Communications International Inc. and Level 3 Communications Inc. generating less revenue in 2009 than in 2008, and each has cut jobs in recent months.

The loss of land-line use is the biggest factor in decreased revenue that will continue into 2010.

Denver-based Qwest spent about $400 million annually in recent years connecting service to new homes across its 14-state territory. They don’t expect to spend less than $100 million this year due to a sluggish new home real estate market. This calculates into reduced expenses, but it also cuts into revenue from connection fees and monthly services.

Qwest has taken other measures to alleviate the loss that includes: cut jobs and froze wages in 2009 and will freeze non-union worker salaries in 2010; sent domestic information technology work to a subsidiary in India; and dropped unfavorable wholesale contracts to provide data and voice capacity to businesses and other large customers.

The company plans to start paying off about $2.6 billion in debt in late 2010.
Qwest also is open to participating, as either a buyer or seller, in a merger-and-acquisition.

Level 3, the Broomfield-based provider of wholesale broadband access and services for large customers, won its biggest contract ever in 2009. In a 10-year deal, Level 3 will manage Spanish telecom Telefonica’s U.S. broadband traffic linking Spanish-language web surfers in Latin America and Europe.
However, its revenue dropped nearly 13 percent year-over-year through three quarters, to $2.8 billion, as media companies and other telecoms grew conservative about buying broadband capacity outside their own networks.