NACWA Provides Federal Update at Wet Weather Partnership Conference

four(May 22, 2018) - NACWA participated in the annual Wet Weather Partnership Conference on May 16-18 in Cincinnati, OH, providing an update on legislative and regulatory developments. 

In her remarks, NACWA General Counsel Amanda Waters covered the FY2018 Omnibus spending bill passed in March, which contained increased levels of federal funding for water infrastructure not seen in several years providing an additional $300 million for each state revolving fund program – drinking water and clean water.  Waters also addressed work on the FY2019 Budget, the status of the federal infrastructure package, tax reform post-mortem, Integrated Planning and affordability, the Water Resources Development Act, and the 2018 Farm Bill.

On the regulatory front, Waters addressed EPA’s preliminary efforts to make long-term revisions and updates to the Lead and Copper Rule, the blending rulemaking, and EPA’s request for comments on the Agency's previous statements regarding whether point source discharges through groundwater that has a direct hydrologic connection to jurisdictional surface water may be subject to regulation under the Clean Water Act.

NACWA was pleased to be invited by the Wet Weather Partnership again this year and looks forward to continued collaboration with the Partnership.