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What’s Next for Federal Clean Water Initiatives?

What’s Next for Federal Clean Water Initiatives?

April 12, 2018 at 2:00 pm 0 comments

By Kristina Surfus The past year has been both an exciting and frustrating time for following federal clean water initiatives. This is particularly true for advocates of a strong federal funding partnership for clean water, like the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA). The 2016 election season, which placedRead More

EPA announces new funding for water infrastructure projects

EPA announces new funding for water infrastructure projects

April 9, 2018 at 7:10 am 0 comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has announced the availability of funding that could provide as much as $5.5 billion in loans, which could leverage over $11 billion in water infrastructure projects through the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program. Prospective borrowers seeking WIFIA credit assistance must submitRead More

House Dems call on EPA’s Pruitt to resign

House Dems call on EPA’s Pruitt to resign

April 9, 2018 at 7:00 am 0 comments

President Donald Trump is fielding letters from Democrats in the House of Representatives who have called on the president to either fire U.S. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt or urge him to resign. Scrutiny against Pruitt has reached a new high in recent days as the EPA chief has faced criticismRead More

Omnibus package includes big boost for water infrastructure

Omnibus package includes big boost for water infrastructure

March 26, 2018 at 6:30 am 0 comments

In March, Congress approved an omnibus appropriations bill that includes big increases for U.S. EPA’s State Revolving Fund (SRF) and Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) programs. The bill rejects President Donald Trump’s call to cut funding to EPA by upwards of 30 percent. The final omnibus spending legislation providesRead More

NACWA supports Senate Dems’ infrastructure plan

NACWA supports Senate Dems’ infrastructure plan

March 12, 2018 at 7:00 am 0 comments

In March, Democrats in the Senate released a $1 trillion plan to invest in America’s infrastructure — a plan in which the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) says clean water occupies a well-deserved front-and-center position in the infrastructure conversation. Specifically, the plan would provide $115 billion in federalRead More

A Year of Two Perspectives

A Year of Two Perspectives

February 21, 2018 at 6:30 am 0 comments

By Will Brown For some, the election of President Donald Trump in November 2016 marked a low point in America’s history. The disdain and hatred for the president was evident from his first day in office. Anti-Trump protests erupted across the country in many Democratic strongholds such as New York,Read More

House Dems counter with $1 trillion infrastructure proposal

House Dems counter with $1 trillion infrastructure proposal

February 18, 2018 at 6:00 am 0 comments

In response to last week’s release of President Donald Trump’s $1 trillion-plus infrastructure proposal, Democratic lawmakers in the House of Representatives outlined a $1 trillion infrastructure plan of their own. The Democratic plan was included in a “Better Deal” policy package that supporters say will raise wages and create jobsRead More

The Southern Delivery System began operations in April 2016 and features 50 miles of predominantly 66-in. pipeline.

What’s in Trump’s infrastructure plan?

February 13, 2018 at 3:11 pm 0 comments

President Donald Trump has unveiled some specifics about his $1.5 billion-plus infrastructure investment plan after calling for a new commitment to rebuilding America’s infrastructure in his January State of the Union address. “This morning I submitted legislative principles to Congress that will spur the biggest and boldest infrastructure overhaul inRead More

Congress approves budgetary framework including infrastructure spending plans

Congress approves budgetary framework including infrastructure spending plans

February 12, 2018 at 1:32 pm 0 comments

Congress approved legislation last week that ended a brief government shutdown, set a federal budgetary framework through the 2019 fiscal year and delivered billions of dollars in disaster relief aid to communities affected by the devastating hurricanes in fall 2017. The bill was approved as part of a deal between RepublicanRead More

Senate committee advances Wheeler’s EPA nomination

Senate committee advances Wheeler’s EPA nomination

February 12, 2018 at 12:20 pm 0 comments

Andrew Wheeler’s nomination for Deputy Administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the number two position at the agency, passed out of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee by an 11-10 party line vote on Feb. 7. The EPW Committee vote was facilitated by the White House’sRead More

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