State & Regional Organizations Discuss White House Budget & Infrastructure Proposals, Recent Litigation

nine(February 27, 2018) - NACWA hosted a conference call on February 20 with the Association’s State & Regional Exchange network, where representatives from various state and regional clean water organizations discussed upcoming national advocacy issues. 

NACWA staff shared an analysis of the White House Infrastructure and FY19 Budget Proposals.  Participants also learned the latest updates on several regulatory items including the Lead & Copper Rule, EPA’s planned release of a survey requesting nutrient control capability information from clean water utilities, emerging contaminants, and the status of the Waters of the US rule.

Participants on the call were also updated on NACWA’s Toilets Are Not Trashcans initiative, as well as the Association’s efforts to develop model legislation for adoption by states nationwide and to study the economic impact of wipes on publicly owned treatment works.  NACWA staff also provided an update on recent litigation and EPA action involving the question of whether and when discharges to groundwater are subject to regulation under the Clean Water Act.

NACWA regularly convenes this state and regional network of clean water and stormwater organizations, providing an opportunity for their perspectives to inform NACWA’s efforts while also boosting the Association’s national advocacy agenda through more local engagement. If you are involved with a state or regional group that would be interested in joining this coalition, please contact Erica Spitzig, NACWA Deputy General Counsel.