Our guest blogger for this week is Congressman John Duncan (R-TN). Representative Duncan currently serves on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform. His efforts to cut government waste, reduce taxes, and limit bureaucratic red tape have been recognized by various organizations and national news media He was named the most fiscally conservative Member of the U.S. House by the National Taxpayers Union in 2011 and is one of the few Members of Congress to receive the Citizens Against Government Waste Super Hero Award. Mr. Duncan will be speaking at the National Water Policy Forum & Fly-In next week.
Next week, hundreds of water, stormwater, and wastewater professionals from communities across the country will convene in the District for Water Week 2014 to celebrate the innovative and cutting edge advancements in the water world that will help ensure we can address our most serious water quality, water quantity, and water infrastructure challenges.
As a co-chair of the Congressional Clean Water Caucus, I am thrilled to be able to join these professionals in celebrating Water Week with the inaugural briefing of the Caucus. The briefing, entitled Utilities of the Future. . . Engaging Communities, Embracing New Challenges & Ensuring Economic Prosperity, will highlight the clean water technologies and water management innovations that are being pursued by five unique public agencies—San Francisco, Cincinnati, Chicago, Syracuse, and Atlanta. These technologies and are making serious strides in benefiting public health, the environment and a strong economy across the country.
With over $187 billion in clean water infrastructure needs, a growing population, increased energy demand, and more frequent and extreme weather, we cannot expect to solve 21st century problems with 20th century solutions. I hope you will join us next week during Water Week to celebrate these clean water innovations and advancements that are ensuring clean and reliable water for the future of our nation.
The Congressional briefing will be held on Tuesday, April 8 at 11:00am in 2253 Rayburn House Office Building.