Author Archives: Patricia Sinicropi

Budget Leaves Us Disappointed

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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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Key Clean Water Victories & Defeat of Great Lakes CSO Language

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Overnight, Congressional negotiators reached final agreement on an omnibus FY 2016 federal spending package, and have encouraged its swift passage by both the House and the Senate. The bill includes a number of important priorities for the municipal clean water community, including robust funding levels for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) and a […]

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NACWA Sends Strong Resolution to Capitol Hill Opposing Great Lakes Provision in Senate EPA Spending Bill

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Over the past couple of weeks, we have been up on The Hill urging Senators to oppose Section 428 of the Senate Appropriations Committee Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 spending package. Section 428 would prohibit wastewater agencies that discharge directly or indirectly to the Great Lakes from discharging overflows of any kind, including combined sewer overflows (CSOs) […]

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FY2016 Budget Request Shifts the Debate on Clean Water Investments

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The debate over what federal programs to fund for the upcoming fiscal year that begins in October got underway earlier this month when the Obama Administration released its FY 2016 Budget Request.  Acknowledging what many federal budget watchers have argued for two years, the Administration decided to jettison the budget handcuffs of sequestration, which imposed across […]

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Water Quality Concerns Tops the List for USDA RCPP Spending and NACWA Members are Key Partners

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Today, the USDA announced 115 grant awards under the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP), a new program established under the 2014 Farm Bill that relies on non-agricultural partners to help farmers implement conservation practices to address natural resources concerns, including water quality.   The program is a novelty as it is the first USDA conservation program […]

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2014 Midterms Changes Landscape on Capitol Hill

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Contrary to the views of most pundits, pollsters and campaign strategists, the 2014 election cycle turned out to be a wave election that looked more like the 2010 midterms rather than the nail-biter that most of Washington’s political class expected.  Republicans expanded their majority in the House by thirteen votes and gained the majority in […]

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Budget Roundup: President’s Budget Request Again Slashes Water Infrastructure Funding

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On Tuesday, the Obama Administration released its Fiscal Year (FY) 2015 Budget request proposing deep cuts to water infrastructure investment programs.  Specifically, the Administration’s budget includes $581 million in cuts to the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) programs, requesting $1.018 billion and $757 million for each program respectively.  This is the […]

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It’s Time to Walk the Talk!

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By enacting the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP) in the 2014 Farm Bill, Congress has extended an opportunity for the municipal wastewater community to prove what we’ve been saying for decades: if we want to see serious reductions of nutrient loadings in surface waters, it’s far more effective to invest in best management practices on […]

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On Climate Change, Hurricanes, and the Need for Resiliency

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In October 2009, NACWA and the Association of the Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) released a report detailing the effects climate change will have on wastewater and drinking water utilities. The adaptation costs for these critical facilities were estimated at between $448 billion and $944 billion through 2050.  Hurricane Sandy reminded us all that climate change […]

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Can Water Programs Survive $225 Million in Cuts?

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The Nation’s water-related programs are facing significant setbacks if automatic funding cuts of more than $225 million occur as scheduled on January 2013 (see chart). According to a report the Obama Administration released last week, the cuts will affect all federal agencies and programs, including the Environmental Protection Agency, which will see a $719 million reduction below fiscal year 2012 (FY12) spending levels.

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