Category Archives: Congress

Momentum Builds for Water Week, Don’t Miss Out!!

Water Week 2017 is just around the corner, and excitement is quickly building as key members of Congress confirm their participation and an agenda of high-caliber events rounds into shape.  Anchored by the National Water Policy Fly-In (March 21-22) and the inaugural Capitol Hill Rally for Water (March 22) the Week will provide a pivotal […]

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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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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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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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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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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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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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Looking Back – And Ahead

Last night, President Obama delivered his final State of the Union address, presenting his vision for the future of the country.  One thing notably missing from his discussion was any mention of increased investment in the nation’s infrastructure, especially water infrastructure.  This serves as a stark reminder of the need for the municipal clean water […]

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No More Microbeads

On December 28, President Obama signed the Microbead-Free Waters Act of 2015, marking a major victory for clean water and NACWA. The law bans the manufacture of rinse-off cosmetic products containing plastic microbeads after July 1, 2017, and prohibits the sale of these products after July 1, 2018.
NACWA strongly supported the legislation banning microbeads as part […]

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Key Clean Water Victories & Defeat of Great Lakes CSO Language

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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