Could It Be? Stars Aligning for Potential Major CWA Improvements

Last week, I had the privilege of giving a federal policy update at the Texas Water conference in Ft. Worth.  As part of my presentation, I asked audience members to shout out the first word that came to mind when they thought about Washington, DC and Congress.  “Dysfunction,” “broken,” and “polarized” were among the favorites […]

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Don’t Stop with the Policy Forum! Make Sure Your Voice is Heard in Congress

During my 25 years in Congress, I have never seen the nation’s citizens so focused on the state of our drinking water and wastewater infrastructure.  With the crisis in Flint and the drought in the West, Congress has been laser focused on our Country’s pressing water infrastructure needs.
Last week, I had the opportunity to address […]

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Some Data on Why Water Week is Important

For the first time in years, water has become a predominant issue in our nation’s consciousness. With the twin challenges of the ongoing crisis in Flint and the drought in the West, legislators are introducing bills at an unprecedented pace to address our pressing water infrastructure needs. The Water Sector has the unique opportunity to […]

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U.S. Supreme Court Hears Oral Argument in Clean Water Case

Today, the United States Supreme Court heard oral arguments in Hawkes v. US Army Corps of Engineers, a case involving a jurisdictional determination (“JD”) under the Clean Water Act (“CWA”) Section 404 permitting program.  Specifically, the case deals with the question of whether a JD is subject to immediate judicial review, or if landowners must […]

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White House Water Summit Highlights Need for Innovation & Investment

On March 22 – World Water Day – the White House hosted an important Water Summit focused on building a sustainable water future for the United States.  Themes of innovation, resiliency, and sustainability played an important role in the day’s events, but there was also significant attention on the water infrastructure challenges facing communities around […]

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Building Resiliency in St. Louis

Today, NACWA in conjunction with the Congressional Clean Water Caucus hosted a briefing entitled Building Water Resiliency—From Wet Weather to Drought that highlighted community resiliency efforts being led by the municipal clean water sector.  Participating in the briefing were representatives from several utilities, including my agency — the Metropolitan St. Louis Sewer District (MSD).
All across […]

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We Are All Dependent on Strong & Reliable Infrastructure

Two weeks ago, the Value of Water Coalition, of which NACWA is a member, released the findings of a national poll on public attitudes about water and it couldn’t be more timely. With the water crisis in Flint receiving substantial media attention across the nation, issues that are normally out of sight and out of mind […]

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Supreme Court Rejection of Farm Bureau Appeal = Significant Clean Water Victory for NACWA Members

This week, the U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will not review the lower court’s decision in American Farm Bureau v. EPA. The Court’s rejection of the appeal essentially affirms the unanimous 2015 ruling by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, upholding EPA’s final total maximum daily load (TMDL) for the Chesapeake […]

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NACWA Members Gather in Sunny San Diego to Forecast the Future of Clean Water Innovation

The weather couldn’t be beat in San Diego this week as we joined our clean water colleagues for the 2016 Winter Conference, Back to the Basics . . . Will Compliance Concerns Derail Efforts to Innovate?
NACWA brought together thought leaders, technology solution providers, and utility representatives to discuss how and whether the Clean Water Act […]

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Budget Leaves Us Disappointed

Last week, President Obama sent his last budget to Capitol Hill outlining his proposed priorities for federal spending as he leaves office, including spending on environmental priorities.  The budget document was released as Washington’s focus was transfixed on the on-going public health tragedy in Flint, Michigan related to lead contamination of its drinking water, and […]

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