Category Archives: State Issues

From Conflict to Collaboration

Credit: Michael Hanson

By:  Staff, American Rivers
Editor’s note: NACWA is excited to welcome our first guest blog from the conservationist community. American Rivers has often been a strong partner of NACWA and our members, and this blog “cross-pollination” is an example of collaboration on a national level!
 
From Conflict to Collaboration
Topping American Rivers’ 2016 list of America’s […]

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Flint Crisis Spurs National Dialogue, Water Sector Responds

The unfolding drinking water crisis in Flint, Michigan continues to receive significant national media attention, and serves as an important reminder to all Americans about the fundamental importance of safe and reliable water treatment.  As the facts in Flint continue to unfold, all can agree that the residents of Flint deserve much better and that […]

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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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Snapshot of Our Members: NACWA by the Numbers

I love annual reports.  Partially because I really am inspired by the graphics, and partially because it is fodder for the future.  Last week, we released our 2014-2015 Year at a Glance – NACWA by the Numbers . . . Impact through Advocacy, Return on Investment & A Healthy Environment.  And we couldn’t be more pleased with this […]

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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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The Plastic Microbead Loophole

Wisconsin recently joined the growing number of states that have passed bans on plastic microbeads in personal care products (PCPs).  Unfortunately, the Wisconsin law, along with other proposed state laws, contains a major loophole that benefits the plastics and cosmetics industries at the expense of the environment and human health. 
The movement to ban microbeads in […]

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

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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What Gifts Will EPA Leave Us Under The Clean Water Tree?

As everyone gets ready to celebrate the holidays, it is always worthwhile to think about the past year and to look ahead to what may be in store for the clean water community. NACWA is proud that we have played a key role through active collaborations in advancing the implementation of EPA’s 2012 Integrated Planning […]

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Give and Take: California’s Ongoing Effort to Reduce Costs of Compliance

As any general manager will tell you, the costs of compliance for wastewater agencies can be one of the most significant drivers for local budgets. Monitoring, reporting, special studies, permit fees, lab tests, and increasingly stringent permit limits: these are just some of the escalating requirements agencies contend with. Some are core components of the […]

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