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Budget Leaves Us Disappointed

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Last week, President Obama sent his last budget to Capitol Hill outlining his proposed priorities for federal spending as he leaves office, including spending on environmental priorities.  The budget document was released as Washington’s focus was transfixed on the on-going public health tragedy in Flint, Michigan related to lead contamination of its drinking water, and […]

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Flint Crisis Spurs National Dialogue, Water Sector Responds

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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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Looking Back – And Ahead

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Last night, President Obama delivered his final State of the Union address, presenting his vision for the future of the country.  One thing notably missing from his discussion was any mention of increased investment in the nation’s infrastructure, especially water infrastructure.  This serves as a stark reminder of the need for the municipal clean water […]

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Key Clean Water Victories & Defeat of Great Lakes CSO Language

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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

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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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Ahhh Summer

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Aaah, summer – that long anticipated stretch of lazy, lingering days, free of responsibility and rife with possibility. – Darell Hammond
What happened to summer?  It used to be that summer would be quiet, Congress would be home in their districts, and if they were in DC not much would be going on.  Drive-time traffic would […]

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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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There Are Heroes Among Us

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Next week, over 150 pretreatment professionals from across the country will gather at NACWA’s National Pretreatment & Pollution Prevention Workshop in Greenville, South Carolina.  While these pretreatment professionals will look like average people, I like to imagine all of them wearing superhero capes, because I think that they are the unsung heroes that protect the […]

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FY2016 Budget Request Shifts the Debate on Clean Water Investments

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The debate over what federal programs to fund for the upcoming fiscal year that begins in October got underway earlier this month when the Obama Administration released its FY 2016 Budget Request.  Acknowledging what many federal budget watchers have argued for two years, the Administration decided to jettison the budget handcuffs of sequestration, which imposed across […]

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