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  • Richmond Elevates Beyond Compliance with Nutrient Reduction Program

    Dec 12, 2018
    The City of Richmond’s wastewater treatment plant Nutrient Reduction Program is an outstanding example of significant investment in planning and operations leading to superior performance. Over five years, the City made significant modifications to its wastewater treatment plant, and at the end of the project the performance of the plant is making significant contributions to improving water quality in the James River and Chesapeake Bay.


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  • EPA Nominee Receives Senate Hearing

    Jan 22, 2019
    (January 22, 2019) - The current EPA Acting Administrator, Andrew Wheeler, returned to the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee last week to testify before Senators at his confirmation hearing. President Trump formally nominated Mr. Wheeler earlier this year to lead the Agency, where he has been Acting Administrator since his predecessor, Scott Pruitt, resigned in July 2018.
  • Advocacy Victories Form Springboard for 2019 Winter Conference

    Jan 22, 2019
    (January 22, 2019) - With the recent enactment of the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act – which among other things specifically codifies integrated planning concepts into the Clean Water Act – we’ve already seen landmark victories in the clean water policy landscape. Now is the time to get more involved and engaged as the public clean water sector continues to shape water policy in 2019.
  • Water Week 2019: Your Best Opportunity to Make an Impact

    Jan 22, 2019
    (January 22, 2019) - Mark your calendars and make your plans, Water Week 2019 is March 31 – April 6, with its signature event, the National Water Policy Fly-in, set for Wednesday April 3rd to Thursday, the 4th.
  • Water Sector Urges New Congress to Prioritize Water Infrastructure

    Jan 15, 2019
    NACWA joined with 90 national and regional organizations on Jan. 10 in sending a letter to U.S. House and Senate leadership urging that water funding and financing be incorporated into any infrastructure package considered in the 116th Congress, which began this month.

NACWA Connect

Water Week 2019: Your Best Opportunity to Impact National Water Policy in the New Year

Your best opportunity to influence national water policy in 2019 is fast approaching! Water Week 2019 is March 31 – April 6, and its anchor event, the National Water Policy Fly-In, will convene April 3-4 in Washington, DC. Building off the momentum of major advocacy wins in 2018—such as the bipartisan passage of the America’s Water Infrastructure Act—it’s crucial that policy-makers hear directly from YOU about the challenges to your utility and community. Mark your calendars now and save the date!!

Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Acts Front and Center at 2019 Winter Conference 

Fifty years after the Cuyahoga River fire and the birth of the Clean Water Act (CWA), NACWA’s upcoming 2019 Winter Conference will take a deep look into the progress of the CWA, it’s nexus with the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA), and will ask whether the intersection between these foundational statutes is breeding long-term conflict or presenting opportunities for collaboration for the entire water sector.  The Conference is scheduled to convene February 5-8, 2019, in Albuquerque, NM.

NACWA Early Bird Conference Registration - Coming Soon!

Save the dates and don’t miss NACWA’s 2019 Conference offerings. For the first time ever, NACWA will be offering early bird registration for our conferences later this month. Don't miss your opportunity to meet with clean water colleagues, stay up-to-date on legislative, regulatory, and legal developments and save money while you do it! We are excited to see you at our 2019 Conferences.

Leadership Center Application Deadline is January 11

Celebrating its 17th year of executive education designed specifically for water and wastewater professionals, The Water & Wastewater Leadership Center (WWLC) returns to the University of North Carolina – Chapel Hill for its 2019 offering – April 28 – May 10.  The Center’s curriculum is designed for current and up-and-coming water and wastewater professionals and offers an exceptional coursework taught by an unequaled UNC faculty. Applications must be received by January 11, 2019.

NACWA Connect on Hiatus

Beginning this week, NACWA Connect will be on hiatus until the new year—resuming its bi-weekly function of informing membership on January 9, 2019. As its name defines, the Connect is designed to help Association members remain connected with NACWA, and more importantly, to each other.  We hope you celebrate with us another great year of Association news, activities and happenings as chronicled by the Connect, and look forward as well to an even greater year of the same in 2019!

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

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Winter Conference