Clean Water Current Archive

  • Water Coalition Engages Congress on CERCLA Liability Concerns

    February 8, 2023
    The “Water Coalition Against PFAS” – which includes the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies, American Water Works Association, National Association of Clean Water Agencies, National Rural Water Association, and Water Environment Federation - sent a letter February 3 to Congressional offices to formally introduce the Coalition and provide additional information about our collective policy priorities.
  • NACWA Joins Letter to Administration Urging Full Funding of State Revolving Funds

    February 8, 2023
    NACWA joined with other water, state, and environmental organizations on a February 2 letter to the Biden Administration urging full funding for the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (SRFs) in the President’s Fiscal Year 2024 Budget Proposal. The President’s Budget Proposal is anticipated to be released in early March and will help guide Congressional spending negotiations.
  • Comments Address EPA’s Proposal to Eliminate the De Minimis Reporting Exemption for PFAS

    February 8, 2023
    NACWA submitted comments to EPA on February 3 supporting the Agency’s proposed rulemaking to change the reporting requirement for PFAS under the Toxic Release Inventory (TRI). The proposed rule will add certain PFAS to the list of Chemicals of Special Concern and will eliminate the de minimis exemption that allowed some manufacturers, processors, and users of PFAS to escape reporting if PFAS concentrations were below 1% in mixtures or other products imported, processed, or used.
  • EPA Provides Additional Resources for Utilities on Emerging Contaminant Grant Funds

    February 8, 2023
    EPA’s Office of Wastewater Management hosted an informational webinar on January 18 for wastewater utilities about the $1 billion in federal funding made available through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for clean water agencies to address emerging contaminants.
  • EPA Finalizes Flawed Update to Financial Capability Assessment Guidance

    February 2, 2023
    Over objections from NACWA as well as numerous water sector and municipal organizations, EPA finalized its revised Financial Capability Assessment (FCA) Guidance on February 1. The pre-publication version of the document is available on EPA’s website, and NACWA issued a strong press release in response.
  • State Environmental Agencies Surveyed on PFAS in Biosolids

    February 2, 2023
    The Environmental Council of the States (ECOS), an association representing state environmental regulatory agencies, released a new report on January 27 outlining various state thoughts on the policies, testing, research gaps, and risk communication challenges relating to PFAS in biosolids.
  • Water Sector Associations Communicate Concerns on Cybersecurity Proposal to EPA Administrator

    February 2, 2023
    A group of water sector associations, including NACWA, sent a letter to EPA Administrator Michael Regan on January 25 asking the Agency to withdraw its draft memo to state drinking water administrators to include cybersecurity in the Sanitary Surveys that drinking water utilities undergo every three years.
  • Government Accountability Office Releases Report on Combined Sewer Overflows

    February 2, 2023
    The U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) issued a report January 25 examining combined sewer overflow (CSO) issues in the United States. GAO interviewed a number of associations and utilities as part of the report, including NACWA and NACWA members.
  • NACWA Joins Adaptation Working Group Letter to Congress

    February 2, 2023
    NACWA joined 12 other organizations in a letter to Congress last week outlining the critical importance of ensuring communities across the nation have the resources needed to be more resilient to the threats of flooding, major disasters, and other natural hazards.
  • River Budget Letter Highlights Priorities for Clean Water and Healthy Rivers

    February 2, 2023
    American Rivers, a grassroots advocacy organization with which NACWA frequently collaborates, recently released its annual community-driven budget and appropriations report entitled the River Budget: National Priorities for Healthy Rivers and Clean Water of Fiscal Year 2024.
  • EPA Effluent Guidelines Plan Announces Study of PFAS in POTW Influent

    January 25, 2023
    EPA released its final Effluent Guidelines Program Plan 15 on January 20, which announced a study of PFAS in publicly owned treatment work (POTW) influent. The Plan is published every two years to outline EPA’s planned studies and rulemakings related to effluent limitation guidelines (ELGs) and pretreatment standards for industrial dischargers. The Plan, an FAQ, and other documents are available on EPA’s website.
  • EPA Extends Deadline for Clean Watersheds Needs Survey, More Utility Participation Needed

    January 25, 2023
    EPA recently announced that it is extending the deadline for submission of data for its current Clean Watershed Needs Survey (CWNS) to April 28, 2023. The original deadline had been the end of February.
  • NACWA Meets with EPA to Discuss Post-LTCP Permitting

    January 25, 2023
    NACWA’s Long Term Control Plan (LTCP) Task Force met last week with EPA staff to discuss considerations related to National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits for combined sewer system (CSS) communities that have completed an LTCP pursuant to EPA’s 1994 Combined Sewer Overflow Control Policy (CSO Policy).
  • New WOTUS Definition Hits Federal Register, Effective in 60 Days

    January 18, 2023
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE)’s new Waters of the United States (WOTUS) definition hit the Federal Register today, January 18, and will go into effect in 60 days on March 20, 2023.
  • Legal Guidance on Environmental Justice Cumulative Impact Analyses Published by EPA

    January 18, 2023
    EPA’s Office of General Counsel (OGC) recently released guidance, Cumulative Impacts Addendum to EPA Legal Tools to Advance Environmental Justice, outlining the Agency’s legal authorities provided under its various programs to address cumulative impacts on overburdened, disadvantaged communities.
  • EPA Issues FAQs for Implementing Nutrient Water Quality Criteria for Lakes and Reservoirs

    January 18, 2023
    EPA issued a 41-page Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) last week to help states, authorized tribes and territories adopt and implement the 2021 Recommended Ambient Water Quality Criteria to Address Nutrient Pollution in Lakes and Reservoirs.
  • The 118th Congress Gets to Work After Tense Opening

    January 11, 2023
    The 118th Congress has officially been sworn in and has started its legislative work. NACWA has begun outreach to the new Congress, especially newly elected members, to educate them about our priority issues and advance our advocacy initiatives.
  • Reminder - PFAS Cost Survey Participation Needed!

    January 11, 2023
    NACWA has partnered with Stantec’s Institute for Water Technology & Policy to deploy a comprehensive, national cost analysis to estimate the impacts of PFAS on the public clean water community.
  • NACWA Participates in EPA Office of Water Meeting with Other Sector Groups

    January 11, 2023
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Office of Water held its first in-person meeting with water sector association staff for 2023 on January 6. The meeting provided an opportunity for Office of Water Assistant Administrator Radhika Fox, joined by key political and career staff, to outline the office’s priorities for the coming year.
  • Water Sector Associations Meet with OMB on Drinking Water Cybersecurity

    January 11, 2023
    A group of water sector associations met with the White House Office of Management and Budget’s (OMB) Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA) on January 10 to discuss EPA’s proposal to include cybersecurity in the sanitary surveys that drinking water utilities undergo every three years.

Archive 2017 & 2016

January 2017

January 17
January 10

December 2016

December 20
December 13
December 5

November 2016

November 22
November 14
November 7

October 2016

October 31
October 25
October 17
October 11
October 3

September 2016

Septemper 26
September 19
September 12
September 6

August 2016

August 29
August 22
August 15
August 8
August 1

July 2016

July 25
July 18
July 11
July 5

June 2016

June 27
June 20
June 13
June 6


May 31
May 23
May 16
May 9
May 2


April 25
April 18
April 11
April 4

March 2016

March 28
March 21
March 14
March 7

February 2016

February 29
February 19
February 12
February 5

January 2016

January 29
January 22
January 15
January 8
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