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The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) is the nation’s recognized leader in legislative, regulatory and legal clean water advocacy - helping ensure a strong, sustainable clean water future.

Member Spotlight

SFB Nutrient Program
  • San Francisco Bay Nutrient Management Strategy Serves as Model

    Mar 18, 2019
    Nutrient pollution, caused by excess nitrogen and phosphorus in waterways, is one of America's most widespread, costly, and challenging environmental problems. For the San Francisco Bay, the West Coast’s largest estuary and home to over seven million people, algal blooms, fish kills and other nutrient-related environmental impacts have generally not been seen despite 37 wastewater treatment plants discharging to the Bay without full-scale nutrient treatment.


Every Utility A Member

Clean Water Current

  • No Extension for WOTUS Comment Deadline, Members Urged to Engage

    Mar 26, 2019
    The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) are holding firm on the April 15, 2019 public comment deadline for the revised Waters of the United States (WOTUS) definition, despite multiple stakeholder calls for an extension. After releasing a pre-publication version on December 11, 2018—which was publicly posted on both EPA and USACE websites—and the five-week federal government shutdown, the agencies believe that a total of 125 days from pre-publication to the existing deadline is enough time for the public to review and submit meaningful comments.
  • Coalition Urges Congressional Attention on Municipal Bond Issues

    Mar 26, 2019
    The House Ways & Means Committee, which is the chief tax-writing committee in the House of Representatives, recently held a hearing entitled, “Our Nation’s Crumbling Infrastructure and the Need for Immediate Action.”
  • EPA Releases Drinking Water Risk Assessment Requirements

    Mar 26, 2019
    The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released a pre-publication version of its requirements for the new risk assessment and emergency response plans required of drinking water utilities in the America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018, which was signed by President Trump last year. The Act revised a 2002 Safe Drinking Water Act amendment, which required one-time vulnerability assessments for drinking water utilities.
  • NACWA Talks Integrated Planning with State Regulators

    Mar 26, 2019
    NACWA participated in a panel discussion on the recent integrated planning legislation last week at a conference of the Association of Clean Water Administrators (ACWA), which represents state water regulators. The panel, which also included speakers from the U.S. Conference of Mayors and EPA, provided an opportunity for NACWA to highlight the history behind the legislation and what the Association hopes it will accomplish moving forward.

NACWA Connect

Historic River Fire Anniversary High-Impact Theme of Strategic Communications:H2O Conference

Fifty years ago, a fire on Cleveland's Cuyahoga River and the resulting media coverage planted the seed that grew into the Clean Water Act. Today, the recovery of the river reflects the amazing achievements of the clean water sector. The Cuyahoga River is a true clean water communications success story and it is only fitting that it form the theme of this year's Strategic Communications:H2O Conference (June 3-4, Cleveland, OH). Registration is open and the agenda is now available. Visit the website for more details and register today!

National Water Policy Fly-In Just Two Weeks Away, Register Now!

The National Water Policy Fly-In is your opportunity to personally make a national impact for clean water, and it’s the just around the corner. Make your plans now to attend! The Fly-In—scheduled for April 3 – 4, 2019, during Water Week 2019—is the premier national advocacy event in Washington, DC to advance public clean water utility issues.

Member Spotlight: Nutrient Management Strategy Serves as Model

In order to better understand and respond to San Francisco Bay nutrient concerns, NACWA Member Agencies in the region, scientific research entities, and non-governmental organizations, created the San Francisco Bay Nutrient Management Strategy (NMS) to facilitate coordination on regulatory development, scientific research, and alternatives analysis of treatment technologies and management strategies…

Web Wednesday: NACWA Engage Forum Fosters Collaborative Peer Connections 

This week’s Web Wednesday focuses on Engage™, NACWA’s dynamic online discussion forum. Peer-to-peer networking and idea-sharing are key features of NACWA membership and Engage™ provides a user-friendly and readily available method to connect with your clean water colleagues and post questions, share resources and build new relationships…

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