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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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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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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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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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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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Democratic and Republican Platforms Show that Clean Water is a Bipartisan Issue

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In the wake of the National Conventions, business has returned to normal in Charlotte, N.C., and Tampa, Fla., and the Nation’s attention has shifted back to the hot-button political ads, post-convention polling numbers, and inspirational videos that have become intrinsic to the Presidential race. NACWA, however, decided to dig deeper into the national platform that each party rolled out during the conventions. These platforms provide an aerial view of each parties’ values, vision for the country, and positions on various national issues. [ … ]

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