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  • 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.
  • EPA Publishes Partial Draft PFAS Multi-Laboratory Validation for Method 1633

    January 11, 2023
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Office of Water quietly published its 3rd Draft Method 1633: Analysis of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) in Aqueous, Solid, Biosolids and Tissue Samples on December 22, 2022. While not the final method, this iteration considers 40 different PFAS analytes across several environmental matrices – including wastewater and biosolids - and was done in collaboration with the Department of Defense.
  • NACWA Monitoring BABAA Implementation; Members Encouraged to Share Impacts

    January 11, 2023
    As the new year gets underway, NACWA continues to monitor federal implementation of the Build America, Buy America Act (BABAA) provisions that were signed into law in November 2021 as part of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law.
  • EPA Issues Final WOTUS Rule Ahead of Supreme Court Decision

    January 5, 2023
    On the last weekday of 2022, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) announced the final “Revised Definition of Waters of the United States” (WOTUS) rulemaking. EPA has been working on this rule for over a year, and it comes ahead of the U.S. Supreme Court’s anticipated decision later this year on WOTUS jurisdiction in Sacket v. EPA.
  • Financial Capability Assessment Guidance Moving Towards Finalization

    January 5, 2023
    NACWA has learned from EPA that the Agency is moving to finalize its revised Financial Capability Assessment (FCA) Guidance that was released in draft form last year. The White House Office of Management and Budget (OMB) recently completed its review of the document and determined that it did not create any significant economic impact, paving the way for EPA to issue the guidance in final form.
  • NACWA Comments on Implementation of Inflation Reduction Act’s Conservation Programs

    January 5, 2023
    NACWA submitted comments December 21 addressing how an increase in conservation dollars appropriated in the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA) can best be spent, including how public clean water utilities can tap some of these funds.
  • EPA Releases Final Rule on Heavy Duty Vehicle Emissions

    January 5, 2023
    On December 20, EPA released a pre-publication version of a final rule on emissions standards for heavy-duty vehicles, including the types of trucks that most utilities use in their daily operations. The rule sets more stringent standards for air pollutant emissions, including nitrogen oxide, ozone, and particulate matter, and incentives the adoption of zero-emission technology for heavy-duty engines.
  • EPA Webinar Planned on CWSRF Funding for PFAS, Emerging Contaminants

    January 5, 2023
    EPA is inviting water sector professionals and utility staff and managers to join a webinar on January 18 at 1:00 PM ET regarding the newly authorized Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL) Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) emerging contaminant funding.
  • Congress Releases Final FY23 Spending Deal with Funding Key for Clean Water Programs

    December 21, 2022
    Nearly three months into Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23), U.S. House and U.S. Senate Appropriators finally agreed this week on a $1.7 trillion Omnibus spending package that will fund the government through September 30, 2023. The final package covers all federal agencies and departments for the fiscal year, on top of dollars previously appropriated (such as through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law). It also includes emergency supplemental funding for natural disaster recovery and infrastructure emergencies, and to support Ukraine.
  • Congress Sends Water Resources and Defense Bills to President

    December 21, 2022
    After several months of negotiations between the U.S. House and Senate on crafting a final 2022 Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) and a Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA), Congress passed both bills last week as part of a legislative package with strong bipartisan support. The package, H.R. 7776, is now awaiting President Biden’s expected signature into law.
  • PFAS Cost Survey Open – NACWA Needs Your Input!

    December 21, 2022
    NACWA is pleased to announce that our PFAS Cost Survey is now open and we highly encourage member participation before January 13, 2023. The Association needs your help conducting a comprehensive, national cost analysis to estimate the impacts of PFAS on the clean water community.
  • EPA, Other Federal Agencies Work to Roll Out IRA Guidance

    December 21, 2022
    The White House recently released its first comprehensive guidance to the Inflation Reduction Act (IRA), which was enacted in August 2022. The Biden Administration has been working over the past few months to begin implementing the IRA, recognizing the tight timelines provided by Congress in the Act to get programs running and dollars invested.
  • EPA Responds to NACWA’s Technology Policy Recommendations; NACWA Secures Technology Appropriations Provision

    December 21, 2022
    Last week, EPA Assistant Administrator Fox responded to a recent letter from NACWA outlining a set of federal clean water technology principles and policy recommendations put forth by NACWA’s Water Technology & Innovation Investment Task Force.
  • NACWA Co-Hosts Nutrient Symposium with Ag Nutrient Policy Council, Meets with Key Policymakers

    December 15, 2022
    NACWA co-hosted a Symposium December 13 with the Agricultural Nutrient Policy Council (ANPC), entitled Collaborative Watershed Projects to Reduce Nutrient Losses and Protect Water Quality, at the Reservoir Center for Water Solutions in Washington, DC.
  • Coalition Expresses Concern About Impact of Sequestration on Build America Bonds

    December 15, 2022
    NACWA joined fellow public sector organizations in sending a letter December 15 to leaders of the House and Senate calling for Congress to waive Pay as You Go Act (PAYGO) requirements on Build America Bonds (BABs).
  • Proposed Changes to Renewable Fuel Standard Regulations May Benefit Utilities

    December 15, 2022
    EPA released a pre-publication version of its proposed Renewable Fuel Standards (RFS) for 2023-2025, which also contains changes to the RFS regulations that may benefit clean water utilities. The RFS program incentivizes the production of transportation fuels from renewable biomass, including biosolids. The regulatory changes could provide more options for utilities to generate these fuels.
  • NACWA Press Conference Focuses on Key Affordability Challenges

    December 15, 2022
    NACWA hosted a virtual press conference on Dec. 14 to highlight the growing affordability challenges impacting communities all across the country and to emphasize the need for more federal investments in clean water. As part of the event, the Association also released a fact sheet outlining how affordability issues are growing in every corner of the nation.

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

May 31
May 23
May 16
May 9
May 2

April

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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