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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

  • MR. CAN Protects Narragansett Bay from The Grease Beasts

    Jan 24, 2019
    Conceived jointly by the Narragansett Bay Commission’s Pretreatment and Public Affairs departments and brought to life by animator Rafael Cuello, NBC’s education program, MR. CAN vs The Grease Beasts and its eponymous protagonist, aim to educate the public about proper household grease disposal. In the 2017-2018 school year, MR. CAN was integrated into the curriculum of the award-winning environmental education program, The NBC Watershed Explorers, which reaches economically-disadvantaged students in the state...


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Clean Water Current

  • FY19 Spending Bill Becomes Law, Maintains Increased Funding for Clean Water Programs

    Feb 19, 2019
    Over four months into the 2019 Fiscal Year (FY) and on the heels of the longest government shutdown in US history, Congress last week agreed on a bipartisan spending bill that will fund the government, including EPA, for the remainder of FY 2019, ending September 30. President Trump signed the bill into law on February 15.
  • EPA Finalizes NPDES Updates Rule

    Feb 19, 2019
    EPA published a final National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Updates Rule on February 12, deferring action, for now, on the more controversial items that the Agency was exploring in early proposals.
  • PFAS Action Plan Lays Out Federal Strategy

    Feb 19, 2019
    EPA unveiled its much anticipated Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substance (PFAS) Action Plan on February 14, which highlights how the Agency will tackle growing concerns over these contaminants.
  • New WOTUS Definition Hits Federal Register

    Feb 19, 2019
    EPA and the Department of the Army’s proposed rule narrowing the definition of Waters of the United States (WOTUS) was finally published in the Federal Register on February 14.

NACWA Connect

Registration Now Open for 2019 National Water Policy Fly-in

Registration is now open for the National Water Policy Fly-In, convening April 3-4! With the recent change in Congress, your attendance and engagement are more critical than ever. As the anchor event for Water Week, the Fly-In allows policy-makers to hear directly from YOU about the site-specific challenges to your utility and community.

Early Bird Discount Available for National Pretreatment Workshop 

Open registration includes a new Early Bird Discount option—available through February 14—for NACWA's National Pretreatment & Pollution Prevention Workshop & Training. Register today! The Workshop, convening May 15-17 in Tacoma, WA, will offer regulatory and technical information about issues that will impact pretreatment programs nationwide. Multiple networking opportunities are included in the program, along with small group discussions for sharing solutions to critical problems.

WEB WEDS: Award Programs Honor Innovation and Collaboration

This week's Web Wednesday highlights NACWA's Awards Programs. Each year, the Association praises both individuals and member agencies who have gone above and beyond in promoting environmental protection, procedural compliance, and overall positive community outreach in clean water service. If you believe your utility deserves recognition, and want to tell your story in this inspiring way, visit the web page and find out more.

Peak Performance Recognizes Outstanding Wastewater Treatement Facilities

Don't miss this annual opportunity to showcase your peak performing facilities. Applications are now available for NACWA's Peak Performance Awards. Last year we were proud to recognize 458 peak performing facilities for their demonstrated strong commitment to clean water and a healthy, sustainable environment. Will your agency/facility be among our honorees this upcoming year? Applications are now available.

NACWA Partners on SMART Water Conference

As an official event partner, NACWA invites you to attend the upcoming Smart Water Networks Forum (SWAN) 9th Annual Conference, taking place May 15-16 at the Hyatt Regency Miami. This premier smart water event will feature over 30 leading, US and global utility speakers covering topics like operational resilience, aligning IT/OT, cybersecurity insights, leveraging Artificial Intelligence (AI) for wastewater, digital transformation, workforce changes, visionary leadership, and much 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


National Water Policy Fly-In