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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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  • 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

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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