Guest Columns

Extend WIFIA’s Maximum Term…As a First Step

Extend WIFIA’s Maximum Term…As a First Step

August 8, 2022 at 9:17 am 0 comments

By John Ryan U.S. public infrastructure renewal was never going to be easy, but several current trends suggest that it will soon be even more challenging. Federal infrastructure loan programs are a proven policy tool, and their capabilities should be expanded in specific and practical ways to prepare for theRead More

Washington Report: Senate approves Water Resources Development Act package

Washington Report: Senate approves Water Resources Development Act package

August 1, 2022 at 8:28 am 0 comments

The Senate last week approved its 2022 version of the Water Resources Development Act, biennial legislation that authorizes a variety of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers flood control, navigation, and ecosystem restoration projects and studies. The Senate’s amended version of H.R. 7776 passed by a tally of 93–1, and it will now be usedRead More

Spending bill with $11.5 billion for EPA passes in House

Spending bill with $11.5 billion for EPA passes in House

July 25, 2022 at 8:12 am 0 comments

The U.S. House of Representatives in July passed a six-bill spending package for fiscal year 2023, one of which is a $44.8 billion FY 2023 Interior-EPA spending bill that would fund EPA with $11.5 billion. The EPA funding included in the larger bill remained the same as approved by the House Appropriations Committee earlierRead More

EPA selects members for Environmental Financial Advisory Board

EPA selects members for Environmental Financial Advisory Board

July 7, 2022 at 3:46 pm 0 comments

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Michael S. Regan has announced the appointment of 30 members, including both new and returning members, to the Environmental Financial Advisory Board (EFAB). The EFAB provides advice to the EPA Administrator and the agency’s programs and regional offices on innovative ways to lower costs whileRead More

EPA announces new drinking water health advisories for PFAS

EPA announces new drinking water health advisories for PFAS

June 20, 2022 at 8:48 am 0 comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has released four drinking water health advisories for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) in the latest action under President Joe Biden’s action plan to deliver clean water and EPA Administrator Michael Regan’s PFAS Strategic Roadmap. The agency also announced that it is inviting states and territoriesRead More

Digital Asset Management: Dynamic Use of Relative Re-Investment Budgets

Digital Asset Management: Dynamic Use of Relative Re-Investment Budgets

June 20, 2022 at 8:09 am 0 comments

Over the past 25 years, Nordic water experts have taken a proactive approach to digital asset management and data-driven decision making that U.S. utilities can learn from to optimize CAPEX spending, reduce OPEX, and ensure efficient and resilient service. By Ulrich Borup Hansen & Andreas Julskjær Pedersen In a digitalRead More

Commentary: From Extractive to Sustainable: A Way Forward for the Water Sector

Commentary: From Extractive to Sustainable: A Way Forward for the Water Sector

June 13, 2022 at 6:00 am 0 comments

By Will Sarni & Austin Alexander Humanity has a long history of extracting natural resources while ignoring damage done to the environment, to communities and to the long-term health and prosperity of whole societies. Traditional approaches to forestry and mining have famously taken their toll, leading these sectors to rethinkRead More

Water Finance Conference returning to Washington, D.C., in August

Water Finance Conference returning to Washington, D.C., in August

June 8, 2022 at 1:15 pm 0 comments

Registration now open for 8th annual event; Early bird registration ends July 15 The eighth annual Water Finance Conference will be returning to the nation’s capital this summer, Aug. 17-18, 2022, at the Hilton Washington DC Capitol Hill Hotel. The agenda will be released in the coming weeks and registration is nowRead More

House panel advances water resources package

House panel advances water resources package

May 27, 2022 at 7:32 am 0 comments

The House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee in May approved its version of biennial water resources legislation to authorize a series of U.S. Army Corps of Engineers flood control, navigation, and ecosystem restoration projects. Like a Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) measure advanced earlier this month by a Senate committee, the House version includes language to addressRead More

EPA announces additional $1.9 billion for SRF funds

EPA announces additional $1.9 billion for SRF funds

May 16, 2022 at 6:30 am 0 comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced $1.9 billion in grant funding to the State Revolving Funds (SRF) to accelerate progress on water infrastructure projects. Combined with historic investments through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, this funding will help states, Tribes, and territories upgrade water infrastructure to provide safe drinkingRead More