Who We Are
For 50 years, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) has been the nation’s recognized leader in legislative, regulatory and legal advocacy on the full spectrum of clean water issues, as well as a top technical resource for water management, sustainability and ecosystem protection interests.
NACWA represents public wastewater and stormwater agencies of all sizes nationwide. The Association's unique and growing network strengthens the advocacy voice for all member utilities, and ensures they have the tools necessary to provide affordable and sustainable clean water for all.
Our vision is to represent every utility as a NACWA member, helping build a strong and sustainable clean water future.
What We Offer
Capital Region Water Makes Environmental Impact with Collaborative Watershed Approach
Capital Region Water (CRW) in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania and two upstream neighboring municipalities, Lower Paxton Township (LPT) and Susquehanna Township (ST), joined forces as the Paxton Creek Cooperative, committed to working together on a Joint Pollutant Reduction Plan (PRP) to reduce sediment from stormwater discharges and stream bank erosion and improve the health of Paxton Creek, Beaver Creek, Spring Creek, and the Chesapeake Bay. The approach outlined in the Paxton Creek Strategy, which includes the Paxton Creek Watershed Total Maximum Daily Load (TMDL) Plan, the Chesapeake Bay PRP, the Wildwood Lake PRP, and the Unnamed Tributary (UNT) Spring Creek PRP is the basis of this Joint Plan. The Cooperative started the joint planning in 2015 with an intergovernmental cooperation agreement (IGA) to develop a comprehensive strategy to address water quality requirements and implement the strategy watershed-wide. In August 2020, the Paxton Creek Cooperative received approval for the Joint PRP and the partners’ MS4 Individual Permits from Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection (PADEP).
In 2019, the Paxton Creek Cooperative built a partnership with the Pennsylvania Department of Transportation (PennDOT) to execute the first of many stream restoration projects that will effectively reduce sediment erosion and achieve our targeted total suspended solids (TSS) reduction requirements under the Paxton Creek TMDL. PennDOT holds a state-wide MS4 Permit under which they are encouraged to work with municipalities across the Commonwealth to implement stormwater projects by receiving shared pollutant load reductions. The Paxton Creek Watershed Sediment Reduction Project with PennDOT is currently underway.
The Paxton Creek Cooperative, with an updated Intergovernmental Cooperation Agreement in place, plans to execute multiple watershed-wide projects over the next 5 years to achieve the environmental goals outlined above. As noted, the initial series of projects under design and implementation through the PennDOT partnership will accelerate the watershed-wide pollutant load reduction goals. This collaborative watershed approach is also on track to be the most cost-effective method to reducing pollutant loads and improving water quality.
For this notable, collaborative project, Capital Region Water was recognized with a NACWA 2021 National Environmental Achievement Award in the Watershed Collaboration category. Congratulations to Capital Region Water and everyone involved!
Board Of Directors
NACWA's Board of Directors embodies the clean water sector's most accomplished leadership, informed by decades of collective experience and expertise in water utility operation and management. The Board leads NACWA's governance, allowing it to serve its members with focus and integrity.
The Association is its people. And NACWA's dedicated staff defines the organization's commitment to passionate advocacy, forward thinking leadership and ethical service to members and the clean water community as a whole. They're dedicated and energetic. They're also a lot of fun. Give us a ring...
Member Agencies & Affiliates
The strength of NACWA is its member agencies and affiliates, from publicly-owned wastewater treatment agencies to corporate affiliates from throughout the clean water management chain. Our unique and growing network strengthens the advocacy voice for all members, ensuring they have the tools and expertise necessary to help shape the clean water landscape both locally and nationally.
NACWA’s committee structure invites Association members to work collectively to shape national clean water policy. NACWA’s committees not only help develop the Association's positions on policy and legislation, they help build and foster NACWA's peer-to-peer networking strength, while achieving key initiatives that benefit all members.
Each year, NACWA recognizes the outstanding commitment, innovation and achievements of individuals and agencies through our national awards programs. From contributions to environmental protection, to diligence in compliance, to even intangible positive impact. NACWA is honored to highlight service excellence within the clean water sector.
Engage and collaborate with member utilities of all sizes—small, medium and large—with affiliates/stakeholders from all regions of the country. Membership is not only a path to improving operations or enhancing professional development, it’s a unique opportunity to join the strongest unified voice for shared clean water interests nationwide.