(February 6, 2018) – NACWA updated clean water professionals in New York this week on the current state of national clean water policy and the legislative outlook for the Trump Administration and Congress for the remainder of this year. NACWA’s legislative staff spoke to the New York Water Environment Association’s (NYWEA) Utility Executive Committee, at NYWEA’s 2018 Annual Meeting and Exhibition.
Remarks provided by NACWA highlighted the Administration’s likely plan to release their infrastructure proposal in the coming weeks, followed by Congress’ lead in drafting the actual legislative text for the overall package. NACWA encouraged utility executives to be prepared to actively engage with Congress as the draft bill gets underway to help build upon efforts by NACWA, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and others to ensure that any legislative package includes clean water as a key component and provides significant federal investment.
Also highlighted was NACWA’s continued efforts to advance Integrated Planning and affordability legislation through Congress, secure provisions in the upcoming Farm Bill reauthorization -- which increases opportunities for clean water agencies to participate in conservation programs -- and reinstate the use of advance refunding of bonds.
NACWA thanks NYWEA for the invitation to participate and welcomes opportunities to participate and collaborate in other state or regional water conferences that advance clean water advocacy on multiple levels.
Please contact Jason Isakovic, NACWA’s Legislative Director, to discuss further.