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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.


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Clean Water Current

  • Fly-In Sets Attendance Record, Marks High-Impact Water Week

    Apr 10, 2019
    The 2019 National Water Policy Fly-In set a record for attendance and participation last week as more than 320+ participants—most traveling to Washington, DC from other regions across the country—taking to Capitol Hill, and conducting hundreds of consequential face-to-face meetings with lawmakers and staffers in many congressional offices. The event served as an excellent anchor piece for Water Week 2019
  • EPA Task Force Seeks Experts on Stormwater Funding and Financing, Members Encouraged to Apply

    Apr 10, 2019
    The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) requested nominations, on April 3, to the Environmental Financial Advisory Board (EFAB) on stormwater funding and financing. In response to congressional requirements in the 2018 Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), EPA is establishing a Stormwater Task Force within EFAB and is seeking input on stormwater funding opportunities and examples.
  • Early Bird Registration Deadline for 2019 NACWA Utility Leadership Conference Almost Here!

    Apr 10, 2019
    The Early Bird registration for NACWA’s 2019 Utility Leadership Conference is April 16 – hurry and register today to take advantage of discounted registration! The last decade has brought about significant changes – from the national level and the growing partisan divide, to the local level where utilities are playing an increasing-visible role in their communities. Challenges involving workforce, rate setting and affordability, and community and customer engagement are playing out both nationally and locally, putting utility executives in a position that presents both challenges and opportunities.
  • NACWA Discusses Clean Water Advocacy at Texas Water 2019

    Apr 10, 2019
    NACWA presented at the Texas Water 2019 conference in Houston, TX last week during Water Week 2019, providing a national update on the Association’s legislative, regulatory, and legal advocacy efforts, which include recent efforts on federal funding, blending, water reuse, PFAS, and Clean Water Act liability for discharges into groundwater.


Agenda and Registration Available for NACWA's 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!

Vernice "Flygirl" Armour to Keynote Summer Conference

NACWA is pleased to announce that Vernice Armour will keynote its July Utility Leadership Conference in Minneapolis, MN (July 16-19). Vernice "FlyGirl" Armour propelled herself from beat cop to combat pilot in just three years, becoming America's first African-American female combat pilot. Her insights have been featured on CNN, MSNBC, The View, FOX News, Oprah Winfrey and more. Her keynote, Zero to Breakthrough™ . . . Who Needs a Runway?! will empower attendees, boost their ability to bring teams together, and help their utilities achieve their goals. Early Bird rates are available until April 16, so register now!

Nominations Now Open For NACWA's EIM Program

Applications are now available for NACWA's Excellence in Management (EIM) Recognition Program. For the past 16 years the EIM program has recognized the significant achievements of Member Agencies in the utility management arena. The program honors Member Agencies that have adopted, or made progress toward the successful implementation of, management practices that address the Ten Attributes of Effectively Managed Water Sector Utilities. Recognition is given at Platinum, Gold, and Silver levels. Please visit NACWA's EIM website for all the information needed to apply.

Access Exceptional Jobs and Candidates Via Clean Water Careers

NACWA's Clean Water Careers job board is a growing and invaluable resource for NACWA Member Agencies, Affiliates, and job seekers alike. Join the growing numbers of utilities, companies, and government agencies that are connecting exceptional jobs with exceptional candidates through Clean Water Careers. Current listings include: Executive Director (Elizabeth, NJ); General Manager (Gulf Shores, AL); Utilities Engineer (Chapel Hill/Carrboro, NC); more...

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


StratComm: H2O

Cleveland, OH