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Member Spotlight

  • Richmond Elevates Beyond Compliance with Nutrient Reduction Program

    Dec 12, 2018
    The City of Richmond’s wastewater treatment plant Nutrient Reduction Program is an outstanding example of significant investment in planning and operations leading to superior performance. Over five years, the City made significant modifications to its wastewater treatment plant, and at the end of the project the performance of the plant is making significant contributions to improving water quality in the James River and Chesapeake Bay.


Every Utility A Member

Clean Water Current

  • Farm Bill Included Key NACWA Priorities, To Receive Vote As Congress Heads Into Final Stretch

    Dec 11, 2018
    (December 11, 2018) - After several months of wrangling back and forth, late last night House and Senate Farm Bill negotiators finalized a bipartisan agreement on the 2018 Farm Bill Conference Report, which is expected to be voted on and passed in both Chambers of Congress later this week. The Farm Bill includes several key conservation and water quality provisions that were championed and advocated for by NACWA. Among the key provisions included is a “[s]ense of Congress that the federal government should recognize and encourage partnerships at the watershed level between nonpoint sources and regulated point sources to advance the goals of the Clean Water Act and provide benefits to farmers, landowners, and the public.”
  • New WOTUS Rule Maintains Important Municipal Clean Water Exemptions

    Dec 11, 2018
    (December 11, 2018) – EPA released a new proposed “Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) Rule that will clarify which waters are jurisdictional under the federal Clean Water Act (CWA). Repealing the previous 2015 WOTUS Rule and issuing a new one has been a top priority for the Trump Administration.
  • Supreme Court Requests DOJ Input on Groundwater Litigation

    Dec 11, 2018
    (December 11, 2018) - As it considers whether to accept review over two cases that address whether the release of a pollutant that travels through groundwater to reach a Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdictional surface water constitute a “point source” discharge, the US Supreme Court on December 3 invited the Solicitor General to file a brief representing the position of the United States by January 4, 2019.
  • Atmospheric Conditions and Impacts to Water Sector Major Discussion Topics at National Academy of Sciences

    Dec 11, 2018
    The Water Science and Technology Board and the Board of Atmospheric Sciences and Climate invited guests to the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) in Washington DC on November 29, for a robust discussion on Connecting Climate, Weather and Water: Status, Challenges, and Needs for Seasonal-to-Subseasonal Forecasting for Water Use and Management.

NACWA Connect

NEW CHAPTER: NACWA Moving National Office In 2019

NACWA is looking forward to moving into new office space early next year. Beginning January 7, 2019, you'llfind NACWA at 1130 Connecticut Avenue NW, Suite 1050, Washington, DC 20036 – just a short distance from the current National Office. The Association anticipates no change in its ability to provide high quality service as it leaves its current offices on December 7.


It's never too early to register for NACWA's 2019 Winter Conference, set for February 5-8, 2019 in beautiful Albuquerque, NM. With the theme, The CWA/SDWA Nexus...Conflict or Collaboration?, this year's Conference is poised to be the most high-impact yet, with all the unity, collaboration and high-value/high-energy networking you've come to expect from NACWA gatherings.  Visit the event website for more details, and register today!

Become a NACWA All-Conference Sponsor Today

NACWA Corporate and Legal Affiliates can now take advantage of all the benefits that a 2019 All-Conference Sponsorship has to offer.  With a wide range of sponsorship levels and a diverse array of benefits, becoming a sponsor is a great way to increase your visibility within the organization and engage with public utilities nationwide.  NACWA All-Conference Sponsorships span five major Association events throughout the year, and are available to all Affiliate members.  To secure your sponsorship or learn more, please contact Paula Dannenfeldt, NACWA's Chief Administrative Officer.

Web Weds: Get the Most Out of Your NACWA Communications

This week's Web Wednesday focuses on an important feature of NACWA membership: email communications.  A variety of e-newsletters, updates and alerts keep members connected, informed and engaged on NACWA activities and crucial clean water legal, legislative and regulatory advocacy issues...

Advocacy Priorities


Infrastructure Funding & Affordability

CWA / SDWA Intersection

CWA / SDWA Intersection


Regulatory Flexibility 


Integrated Planning


Water Resources Utility of the Future


Nutrients & Farm Bill




Toilets Are Not Trashcans




Water Quantity/Water Quality Nexus


Pretreatment & Emerging Contaminants


Climate Adaptation & Resiliency

Featured Event




Winter Conference