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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.


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  • Water Sector Urges New Congress to Prioritize Water Infrastructure

    Jan 15, 2019
    NACWA joined with 90 national and regional organizations on Jan. 10 in sending a letter to U.S. House and Senate leadership urging that water funding and financing be incorporated into any infrastructure package considered in the 116th Congress, which began this month.
  • Federal Government Shutdown Continues

    Jan 15, 2019
    Now in its fourth week, the current partial government shutdown, which includes the EPA, is now the longest in US history with no end in sight. While negotiations continue, strong divisions between President Trump and Congressional Democrats on border security issues and funding have provided little headway in resolving the funding impasse and moving to re-open the federal government. NACWA legislative staff will continue to provide updates as they occur.
  • Andrew Wheeler Nominated to Become Permanent EPA Administrator

    Jan 15, 2019
    - President Trump announced, on January 11, his nomination of Andrew Wheeler—who is now the acting Administrator of the EPA—to become his permanent selection for EPA Administrator. The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee will hold an initial hearing on Wheeler’s nomination on Wednesday, January 16, before the process heads to the full Senate for a floor vote, which will occur at a later date.
  • President Signs Integrated Planning Legislation

    Jan 15, 2019
    President Trump signed the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act of 2018 (H.R 7279) on January 14, officially making it part of the Clean Water Act (CWA). The bill, which includes codification of integrated planning concepts into the CWA, creates an Office of Municipal Ombudsman at EPA, and more, has long been a key legislative priority for NACWA and is a significant advancement in CWA policy. The final bill enjoyed overwhelming bipartisan support, passing the House by a vote of 351-10, and the Senate by unanimous consent.

NACWA Connect

Water Week 2019: Your Best Opportunity to Impact National Water Policy in the New Year

Your best opportunity to influence national water policy in 2019 is fast approaching! Water Week 2019 is March 31 – April 6, and its anchor event, the National Water Policy Fly-In, will convene April 3-4 in Washington, DC. Building off the momentum of major advocacy wins in 2018—such as the bipartisan passage of the America’s Water Infrastructure Act—it’s crucial that policy-makers hear directly from YOU about the challenges to your utility and community. Mark your calendars now and save the date!!

Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Acts Front and Center at 2019 Winter Conference 

Fifty years after the Cuyahoga River fire and the birth of the Clean Water Act (CWA), NACWA’s upcoming 2019 Winter Conference will take a deep look into the progress of the CWA, it’s nexus with the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), and will ask whether the intersection between these foundational statutes is breeding long-term conflict or presenting opportunities for collaboration for the entire water sector.  The Conference is scheduled to convene February 5-8, 2019, in Albuquerque, NM.

NACWA Early Bird Conference Registration - Coming Soon!

Save the dates and don’t miss NACWA’s 2019 Conference offerings. For the first time ever, NACWA will be offering early bird registration for our conferences later this month. Don't miss your opportunity to meet with clean water colleagues, stay up-to-date on legislative, regulatory, and legal developments and save money while you do it! We are excited to see you at our 2019 Conferences.

Leadership Center Application Deadline is January 11

Celebrating its 17th year of executive education designed specifically for water and wastewater professionals, The Water & Wastewater Leadership Center (WWLC) returns to the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill for its 2019 offering – April 28 – May 10.  The Center’s curriculum is designed for current and up-and-coming water and wastewater professionals and offers an exceptional coursework taught by an unequaled UNC faculty. Applications must be received by January 11, 2019.

NACWA Connect on Hiatus

Beginning this week, NACWA Connect will be on hiatus until the new year—resuming its bi-weekly function of informing membership on January 9, 2019. As its name defines, the Connect is designed to help Association members remain connected with NACWA, and more importantly, to each other.  We hope you celebrate with us another great year of Association news, activities and happenings as chronicled by the Connect, and look forward as well to an even greater year of the same in 2019!

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

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Winter Conference