(March 12, 2019) - NACWA submitted comments March 1 in response to a US Department of Agriculture (USDA) request for input on implementation of the 2018 Farm Bill.
NACWA worked closely with Congress during development of the 2018 Farm Bill, advocating for strong conservation program funding, affirmation of the value that point-nonpoint source collaboration in a watershed can provide, and reforms to make it simpler for clean water utilities to participate in USDA programs such as the Regional Conservation Partnership Program (RCPP).
NACWA was overall very pleased with the final Farm Bill in regards to these priorities, and is encouraged by recent collaboration between USDA and EPA to advance watershed and market-based approaches and their close engagement with the clean water utility sector. NACWA used the USDA request for input as an opportunity to underscore these priorities and the role that clean water utilities can have in advancing watershed improvement and conservation outcomes.
Contact Kristina Surfus, NACWA’s Legislative Director, with questions or to discuss further.