NACWA joined water professionals from across the State of Oregon July 26 – 28, to participate in the Oregon Association of Clean Water Agencies’ (ORACWA) 2017 Annual Conference, which was held in Bend, OR. As always, the ORACWA conference program featured discussions on important topics like climate change, water reuse and the role of technology and innovation, as well as opportunities to engage with state and regional regulators.
NACWA’s Chief Technical Officer, Chris Hornback, provided a perspective from Washington, DC, and described how the current situation in Washington may have an impact on regional and state dynamics in Oregon. He also provided the latest updates on regulatory improvement efforts; development of the Fiscal Year 2018 budget for EPA, and how that may impact state and geographical programs; and a range of other legislative, regulatory and legal developments. NACWA also hosted a breakfast with its Oregon members to gather input on their top issues and how the Association may be able to help address them.