Clean Water Current Archive

  • Clean Water Utilities Asked to Complete One Water Pretreatment Survey

    June 17, 2021
    The Water Research Foundation (WRF) has opened a utility survey to help determine how pretreatment programs fit within One Water frameworks and goals. The survey will allow WRF to identify pretreatment program activities, best practices, opportunities, challenges, and needs to characterize potential opportunities to leverage pretreatment programs for One Water initiatives.
  • EPA Reinstates Environmental Appeals Board Procedures

    June 17, 2021
    In a rule that took effect June 11, the EPA reversed the August 2020 changes to the organization and function of its Environmental Appeals Board (EAB) issued by the previous administration which altered the process to appeal EPA decisions, including those related to EPA-issued Clean Water Act permits.
  • LIHWAP Implementation Gets Underway; NACWA Member Update Webinar Held

    June 17, 2021
    Implementation of the new Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) has been gaining steam in recent weeks. Earlier this month, states learned their individual allocations of the total $1.138 billion available nationally and received access to up to 15 percent of their federal allocation for administrative costs to stand up their state’s program. NACWA has posted the allocations and their relative rank here
  • Environmental Organizations Petition DOJ to Reinstate Use of SEPs in Enforcement Actions

    June 17, 2021
    A group of environmental organizations represented by the Democracy Forward Foundation has petitioned the U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) to initiate a rulemaking process to clarify that DOJ can use Supplemental Environmental Projects (SEPs) when settling civil enforcement actions brought under environmental statutes, including the Clean Water Act.
  • House Advances Key Clean Water Funding Legislation as Infrastructure Talks Stumble

    June 9, 2021
    The House Transportation and Infrastructure (T&I) Committee took another important step today towards passing a comprehensive water infrastructure bill as it marked up and advanced H.R. 1915, the Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act of 2021, on a bipartisan vote. The bill, which NACWA strongly supports, authorizes tens of billions of dollars of new federal investment for clean water.
  • NACWA Releases Compendium on Utility Affordability and Low-Income Assistance Programs

    June 9, 2021
    NACWA is pleased to announce the release of a new publication, Addressing the Affordability of Water and Wastewater Services in the U.S. – Case Studies of Utility Affordability Programs and Rate Structures, that outlines examples of how public clean water utilities across the nation are trying to address affordability challenges in their communities.
  • Senate Committee Holds Hearing on PFAS

    June 9, 2021
    The Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works held a hearing this morning, PFAS: the View from Affected Citizens and States, which included testimony from state officials from New Mexico and West Virginia, a citizen advocacy group, and the American Water Works Association (AWWA).
  • EPA Collecting Information on NPDES Program Burden and Cost; Member Input Requested

    June 9, 2021
    EPA will soon embark on a renewal of its National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) Program Information Collection Request (ICRs), which set to expire next year.
  • New “How-To” Guide for Modeling PFAS Fate and Transport in Screening Biosolids

    June 9, 2021
    NACWA, in partnership with the National Council for Air and Stream Improvement (NCASI) and the American Forest and Paper Association (AF&PA), is pleased to share with members a new report prepared by Stone Environmental detailing a more thorough “how-to” guide to understanding how the Pesticide Root Zone Model (PRZM) may be used to screen for PFAS potentially leaching into groundwater from land applied residuals and biosolids.
  • Progress Made on National Biosolids Survey; Additional Utility Responses Needed

    June 9, 2021
    NACWA is continuing its support and partnership with the Northeast Biosolids and Residuals Association (NEBRA) on the 2nd National Biosolids Regulation, Quality, End Use and Disposal Survey.
  • Last Call to Register for StratComm: H2O, June 14 & 15!

    June 9, 2021
    We encourage all clean water communications professionals to register for this year’s StratComm: H2O virtual event, taking place next Monday and Tuesday, June 14 and 15, from 2:00 – 5:00 p.m. EST.
  • HHS Releases Initial Low-Income Water Assistance Funds to States

    June 3, 2021
    The White House announced the official launch of the Low-Income Household Water Assistance Program (LIHWAP) on June 2, housed at U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS).
  • White House Releases Budget Proposal for FY22

    June 3, 2021
    The White House released its Fiscal Year 2022 (FY22) Federal Budget on May 28. The long-awaited proposal, which was previewed back in April, lays out the President’s proposal for how to advance its priorities through annual spending in the federal fiscal year which begins October 1, 2021.
  • Federal District Court Upholds Missouri Nutrient Standards in Win for Clean Water Community

    June 3, 2021
    Early this week, the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri sided with multiple state clean water associations and NACWA in denying the request of environmental organizations to overturn EPA’s approval of Missouri’s nutrient water quality standards for lakes.
  • Oregon Poised to Become Second State with a Wipes Labeling Law

    June 3, 2021
    Oregon’s bill to require “Do Not Flush” labeling on wipes, HB2344, is awaiting Governor Kate Brown’s signature. Once signed into law, Oregon will be the second state with a law requiring a clear “Do Not Flush” logo on baby wipes, cleaning wipes, and other wipes that are not designed to be flushed. Washington enacted a similar law last year.
  • EPA Announces Intent to Revise CWA Section 401 Water Quality Certification Regulations

    June 3, 2021
    EPA this week published a Federal Register notice outlining its intention to reconsider and, as necessary, revise the regulations finalized in July 2020 governing the process and requirements for Clean Water Act (CWA) Section 401 state water quality certifications.
  • House Introduces Bipartisan Legislation to Create Permanent Low-Income Water Assistance Program

    May 26, 2021
    Rep. Lisa Blunt Rochester (D-DE) and Rep. John Katko (R-NY) introduced bipartisan legislation last week that would establish a permanent low-income water customer assistance program housed at U.S. EPA.
  • Senate Committee Advances Fox Nomination to Lead EPA Office of Water

    May 26, 2021
    The Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee voted 14-6 in bipartisan fashion today to advance to the full Senate the nomination of Radhika Fox to be U.S. EPA Assistant Administrator of the Office of Water.
  • New Federal Funds for COVID-19 Wastewater-Based Epidemiology Available; Utilities Encouraged to Participate

    May 26, 2021
    The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently selected Biobot Analytics, a NACWA affiliate member, to partner with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to monitor the presence of SARs-CoV-2 in wastewater on a national scale.
  • Utility, State and Federal Pretreatment Professionals Gather for Virtual Event 

    May 26, 2021
    Utility pretreatment professionals gathered with state and federal regulators last week for the National Pretreatment Virtual Event, jointly hosted by NACWA and the Association of Clean Water Administrators (ACWA).

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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