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

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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

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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

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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

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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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We Were Collaborating Before Collaborating Was Cool

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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

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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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2014 Midterms Changes Landscape on Capitol Hill

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Contrary to the views of most pundits, pollsters and campaign strategists, the 2014 election cycle turned out to be a wave election that looked more like the 2010 midterms rather than the nail-biter that most of Washington’s political class expected.  Republicans expanded their majority in the House by thirteen votes and gained the majority in […]

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Because Water Works!

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Today, water leaders from across the sector were in Washington, DC for a series of events co-hosted by members of The Value of Water Coalition along with the American Society of Civil Engineers; the Bipartisan Policy Center; Building America’s Future; the National Association of Counties; the National League of Cities; the National Urban League; and, […]

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Clean Water Affordability and the Need for Responsible Relief

Tomorrow the House Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment will hold an important hearing to look at the state of clean water affordability in this country and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) new integrated planning approach for municipal wastewater and stormwater requirements.  
Since passage of the Clean Water Act (CWA) in 1971, this country’s water […]

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NACWA Finance Dialogue Opens Pipeline between Public and Private Sectors

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NACWA hosted a vibrant Clean Water Finance Dialogue in New York City this week of approximately 40 representatives from private investment firms, public clean water agencies, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with a focus on how private capital can be invested in public clean water projects. The issue of privatization was not on […]

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