Clean Water Current Archive

  • 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.
  • 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.

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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