Category Archives: Congress

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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Partnerships for Clean Water: The Norm or the Exception?

This year the City of Cedar Rapids and 15 partner organizations launched a $4.3 million project focused on improving soil health, water quality and water quantity in Iowa’s Middle Cedar watershed, a 2,417 square mile watershed which is part of the larger Cedar River watershed.  The Middle Cedar Partnership Project, made possible thanks to funding […]

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Toledo…One Year Later

This time last year the country was talking all about Toledo, and not in a good way.  The city was forced to shut off municipal water to the almost half a million people it serves due to the presence of toxins resulting from a harmful algal bloom.  While Toledo was an extreme case and other […]

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

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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Federal Partnership Essential for Water Infrastructure

It is easy to take clean water for granted. Our communities enjoy the luxury of having 24/7 access to clean drinking water and reliable wastewater services.  Without these services, business comes to a screeching halt.  However, these gains are at risk due to aging infrastructure and more complex water quality challenges that are placing enormous […]

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We Are the Masters of Our Own Fate

The political landscape here in DC is increasingly contentious and it is harder than ever to get the attention of our national leaders. For example, when it comes to water we are told that Congress focuses so much effort on the Waters of the US rule because the stakeholders opposing the rule are a far […]

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Social Media Should Be Added To Your Congressional Tool Box

With Water Week now upon us, the time has come to think about ways to reach out to members of Congress and their staff.  One thing is clear from a recent survey on preferred methods of communication for congressional staffers: There is absolutely no one-size-fits-all method.  With services like Facebook and Twitter allowing elected officials […]

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Let Water Spring to Life in March

After a long and brutal winter (yes, I’m talking about you Boston!), this is the time of year that most of us begin embracing spring.  With weather on the east coast getting up into the 60’s and 70’s, the mountains of snow in our cities are melting away.  March also brings us World Water Day, […]

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We Were Collaborating Before Collaborating Was Cool

I don’t know about you, but I always feel a little bit of remorse about not reading more business books.  As I wander through the airport – the books call to me like a lost child and make me feel guilty about hunkering down over People Magazine on my flight, at least for the duration […]

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President’s State of the Union Focuses on Infrastructure; EPA Begins Task of Standing up New Water Finance Center

President Obama delivered a strong State of the Union address last night touting infrastructure investment as a bipartisan issue. Specifically, the President stated that:
“21st century businesses need 21st century infrastructure — modern ports, stronger bridges, faster trains and the fastest internet. Democrats and Republicans used to agree on this. So let's set our sights higher […]

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