There are many ways to demonstrate your clear commitment to America’s waters during Water Week 2017 (March 19 – 25).  Plan now to join your colleagues from across the country in Washington, DC for the National Water Policy Fly-In, the anchor event of Water Week (see related article). You can also lend your utility name or your state organization’s name in support, and be featured on our website by contacting Kristina Surfus, NACWA Legislative Affairs Manager.

Unable to travel to Washington? Remember, Water Week is a national event as well. Plan your own events—such as hosting facility tours or information sessions—for the week, and demonstrate the important role your utility plays in ensuring a healthy environment and economy for your community. Together we can elevate water as a top national priority!

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Engagement, Collaboration, Unity: Watchwords at Winter Conference 2017

Ask any long-time attendee to describe NACWA Conferences, and they would somehow reference the “warm buzz” hovering over the crowd—familiar and welcoming.  With new members and new event features at Winter Conference 2017, that buzz was enhanced, which bodes well for the Association’s overarching goal of increasing engagement among its members nationwide.
Conference Committees Define Collaboration
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NACWA Welcomes New Members! One Network…One Voice

NACWA is proud and honored to welcome its new members for fiscal year 2017 (from October 1, 2016).  The Association is a diverse network of utility members and agencies, ensuring that the collective voice of our nation’s public utilities—the Clean Water Community—is heard. As one voice, we elevate Water as a top priority on the […]

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Thank You NACWA Members for a Great 2016 . . . But We Have a Lot of Work Ahead!

As 2016 comes to a close, now is the perfect time to reflect on NACWA’s successes this year and set our sights on the work that must still be done in the New Year. Despite a tumultuous political season, NACWA members won hard-fought battles to promote sensible, affordable and innovative approaches to water quality protection […]

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Water, NACWA and the 2016 Election Cycle

It’s finally over. One of the most unique presidential elections in history.  It was the first election where both presidential candidates actually focused on infrastructure and used the word “water” multiple times in multiple speeches – a victory for our often-overlooked sector!  NACWA has always maintained that water is a uniquely bipartisan or non-partisan issue. […]

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Senate Comes Together on Water Infrastructure; Attention Turns to the House of Representatives

While Washington may have a well-deserved reputation for partisan gridlock, the U.S. Senate took a major step on September 15  towards showing that issues around water and water infrastructure can be overwhelming bipartisan when it passed S.2848, the Water Resources Development Act of 2016 (WRDA), with a thumping 95-3 vote. In an intense election season […]

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U.S. Deserves Gold Medal in Water Quality

When the Summer Olympics kick off on August 5, the world’s attention will be focused for two weeks on the Games and on the host city, Rio de Janeiro.  But instead of the international spotlight shining solely on the athletes and on the fabulous Brazilian culture enveloping the competition, scrutiny will also be turned to […]

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The Power of Video

Runoff is a tough concept to explain.  Erin Wilcox, Water Resource Specialist for NEW Water, was quick on the draw with her camera when she witnessed this Wisconsin springtime phenomenon in action.
“They say a picture tells 1,000 words, and I knew it was fortunate to see runoff happening so distinctly before my eyes,” she said.
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Utilities Achieve Chesapeake Bay Nutrient Goals 10 Years Ahead of Schedule

Many folks believe that the greatest challenge to improving water quality is eliminating hypoxic zones, often termed “dead zones,” which are areas in lakes and oceans of such low oxygen concentration that aquatic life dies. These hypoxic zones are fueled by the presence of excessive amounts of nutrients – mainly phosphorus and nitrogen. The consequences […]

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Balancing the Need for Investment with Low-income Customer Affordability

As communities across the nation address the ever-pressing need to maintain and update its water infrastructure, a larger question looms, ‘How do sewer and water utilities make these much-needed investments while being mindful about affordability, particularly as it relates to low-income customers?’  In short, how do utilities balance the staggering need for investment vs. low-income […]

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