Clean Water Current Archive

  • Water Sector Urges White House Intervention to Avoid Rail Strike and Chlorine Shipment Disruptions

    November 10, 2022
    NACWA and other water sector associations sent a joint letter to the White House on Nov. 4 asking for intervention to avert a rail worker strike in early December. A strike was averted in September when the White House negotiated a potential agreement with rail worker unions. However, the agreement has not been ratified by all the unions, leaving open the possibility of a strike.
  • EPA Announces 29 Environmental Finance Centers to Assist Communities Funding Access for Essential Infrastructure Projects

    November 10, 2022
    On November 4th, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced the selection of 29 Environmental Finance Centers (EFCs) that will help communities across the country access federal funding for infrastructure and greenhouse gas reduction projects that improve public health and environmental protection.
  • Final Opportunity for Utilities to File Comments on EPA PFAS Rule Proposal – Comments Due Nov. 7

    November 2, 2022
    NACWA reminds all of its members that the next few days are the last chance to file comments on EPA’s proposed rule to list PFOA and PFOS – the two most common PFAS chemicals – as hazardous substances under the federal Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA). The comment deadline remains Nov. 7 after EPA recently denied multiple requests for a deadline extension.
  • NACWA, AMWA Continue Push for Highest Possible FY23 Federal Funding

    November 2, 2022
    NACWA and the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) sent a joint letter last week to House and Senate Appropriations Committee Leadership requesting the highest level of Fiscal Year 2023 (FY23) funding for the Drinking Water and Clean Water State Revolving Funds (SRFs) and to fund an EPA pilot program for low-income water customer assistance.
  • NACWA Forwards Clean Water Technology Recommendations to EPA

    November 2, 2022
    NACWA sent a letter to U.S. EPA Nov. 1 that outlined a set of clean water technology principles and policy recommendations to ensure enhanced collaboration with the federal government in developing and deploying innovative technologies to help clean water agencies better and more cost-effectively meet growing 21st century challenges.
  • New Wastewater Monitoring Network Seeks Utility Participants

    November 2, 2022
    During the pandemic, NACWA has engaged with the National League of Cities (NLC) to share information regarding the growth of wastewater-based epidemiology. The NLC is launching a new initiative and is seeking interested POTW and local governments to participate. A synopsis of this effort and contact information is below for interested utilities.
  • Webinar to Highlight Utility Role in Preparing for Climate Change

    November 2, 2022
    The Maryland Department of Planning (MDP) will hold a free webinar on Friday, November 4th to discuss the role utilities can have in protecting critical infrastructure from climate change threats. While the webinar will feature a number of Maryland utilities, it is relevant and will contain helpful information for utilities nationwide.
  • EPA Declines Comment Period Extension for PFAS CERCLA Proposal

    October 26, 2022
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced Oct. 25 that it will not be extending the public comment period for its proposed designation of PFOA and PFOS as hazardous substances under the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA) beyond the 60 days initially offered for comment.
  • Guidance Released by EPA for FY22 Earmarks

    October 26, 2022
    EPA released on Oct. 21 its Final Implementation Guidance for Congressionally Directed Projects, which the Agency also calls Community Grants but are more commonly known as earmarks.
  • HHS Releases Updated LIHWAP Water Assistance Resource Website

    October 26, 2022
    The federal Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) recently announced the relaunch of the Low Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) resource website, waterhelp.info.
  • Webinar Outlines NACWA Project on Cost Implications of PFAS Management

    October 26, 2022
    NACWA hosted a webinar, Comprehensive Cost Analysis on Impacts of Per- and Polyfluoroalkyl Substances (PFAS) on the Clean Water Community, on October 20th to brief NACWA members about an on-going project to identify and quantify the scope of PFAS-related costs to the public clean water community.
  • Social Media Erupts with Clean Water Act 50th Anniversary Commemorations

    October 26, 2022
    Last Tuesday, October 18 marked the 50th anniversary of the Clean Water Act (CWA). The significant milestone was celebrated with events throughout the country.
  • NACWA, Key Stakeholders Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act with EPA

    October 20, 2022
    EPA hosted an event Oct. 18 to recognize the 50th Anniversary of the landmark Clean Water Act (CWA) along the banks of the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland Ohio, with many NACWA members present to join the celebration.
  • NACWA Hosts Virtual Press Conference to Mark Clean Water Act 50th Anniversary & Highlight Utility Successes

    October 20, 2022
    NACWA hosted a virtual press conference October 13 as part of the Association’s celebration of the 50th Anniversary of the Clean Water Act and to highlight the instrumental role that public clean water utilities have played in the CWA’s success over the last 50 years.
  • Webinar Addresses Proposed PFAS CERCLA Designations, NACWA Prepares Comments

    October 20, 2022
    NACWA hosted a webinar, Potential Impacts of PFAS CERCLA Designations on Clean Water Utilities, on Oct. 17 outlining the major provisions of the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation, and Liability Act (CERCLA or Superfund) and the significant impacts EPA’s proposal to designate PFOA and PFOS as CERCLA hazardous substances could have on clean water utilities.
  • NACWA Joins WEF in Sponsoring Utility Leaders’ Afternoon at WEFTEC 2022

    October 20, 2022
    NACWA was pleased to join with the Water Environment Federation (WEF) on October 11 to sponsor the annual Utility Leaders’ Afternoon at WEFTEC 2022.
  • EPA Discusses Upcoming PFAS Guidance for State Permitting Authorities

    October 20, 2022
    EPA hosted a meeting Oct. 19 with NACWA and other associations to discuss an upcoming Agency memo on addressing PFAS in pretreatment and National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits.
  • Supreme Court Opens New Term with Debate Over Wetlands Jurisdiction

    October 6, 2022
    The U.S. Supreme Court this week began its October term on Oct. 3 by hearing oral arguments in the on-going battle over the scope of federal Clean Water Act (CWA) jurisdiction in the case of Sackett v. EPA. At issue in the case is whether the Sacketts need a CWA Section 404 permit to develop certain wetlands on their property, but before the Court are broader questions concerning the Act’s reach over wetlands as “waters of the United States” (WOTUS).
  • EPA Region 1 Finalizes NPDES General Permit with National Implications

    October 6, 2022
    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Region 1 issued an updated National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) General Permit for medium-sized POTWs in Massachusetts on September 28. Because this permit is issued by EPA itself and not a Clean Water Act (CWA) authorized state permitting authority, it serves as a good example of how EPA would like to see delegated states craft their permits.
  • Congress in Campaign Mode with CWA Anniversary Approaching – Perfect Time for Utility Outreach!

    October 6, 2022
    Members of Congress are home in their states and districts this month during a congressional recess as they campaign for the upcoming General Election on November 8. This is the perfect time to reach out to your federal elected officials and educate them on the importance of your utility's work to protect public health and the environment in your community.

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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