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AWWA’s Mehan testifies on PFAS in drinking water

AWWA’s Mehan testifies on PFAS in drinking water

May 20, 2019 at 9:31 am 0 comments

The American Water Works Association (AWWA) testified recently before the U.S. House Subcommittee on the Environment and Climate Change about approaches to addressing PFAS in drinking water. Tracy Mehan, executive director of government affairs, spoke on behalf of AWWA, the non-profit organization whose 51,000 members represent water professionals throughout North America. “EPARead More

At a cost of nearly $200 million, the Riverside Regional Water Quality Control Plant Phase 1 Expansion is the largest public works project the city has ever completed.

Congressional Democrats, Trump meet on $2 trillion infrastructure outline

May 6, 2019 at 11:56 am 0 comments

President Donald J. Trump, along with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), met last week to discuss the possibility of a bipartisan infrastructure deal. The two sides reportedly reached an agreement on the outline of a $2 trillion infrastructure plan. Details on the agreementRead More

AMWA: Trump, Congressional leaders expected to regroup on infrastructure talks

AMWA: Trump, Congressional leaders expected to regroup on infrastructure talks

April 29, 2019 at 11:22 am 0 comments

President Donald Trump and Congressional leaders are expected to circle back on talks this week regarding comprehensive infrastructure legislation and the likelihood of passing such a bill in the near future, according to the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA). Trump is expected to host House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)Read More

NACWA: Now Is the Time to Advance Clean Water Infrastructure

NACWA: Now Is the Time to Advance Clean Water Infrastructure

April 15, 2019 at 11:15 am 0 comments

By Jason Isakovic Public clean water sewer and stormwater services are an aspect of everyday life that often goes unnoticed by the hundreds of millions of Americans that depend on them. These essential services provide communities throughout the country, both small and large, the ability to ensure homes, businesses, hospitals, andRead More

EPA’s new round of WIFIA loans totals $6 billion

EPA’s new round of WIFIA loans totals $6 billion

April 12, 2019 at 3:22 pm 0 comments

In March, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Andrew Wheeler announced the availability of funding to provide an estimated $6 billion in Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loans in 2019. “Through WIFIA, we are addressing several of President Trump’s top priorities simultaneously: modernizing our nation’s aging infrastructure, improvingRead More

White House FY20 budget proposes cuts for EPA, Army Corps

White House FY20 budget proposes cuts for EPA, Army Corps

March 18, 2019 at 6:00 am 0 comments

Funding for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency would be cut by nearly a third next year under an FY20 budget proposal released by the Trump administration last week. The spending cuts, which would reduce EPA appropriations from their FY19 level of just over $8.8 billion to $6.1 billion next year, would alsoRead More

National Water Policy Fly-In to host clean water executives, EPA officials at Water Week anchor event

National Water Policy Fly-In to host clean water executives, EPA officials at Water Week anchor event

March 11, 2019 at 9:02 am 0 comments

This week, water sector leaders from across the United States will join regulators, water advocacy groups and elected officials at the National Water Policy Fly-In, April 3-4, at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. The National Water Policy Fly-In serves as the anchor event for Water Week. Presented jointlyRead More

WWEMA Washington Forum to highlight technology, trade during Water Week

WWEMA Washington Forum to highlight technology, trade during Water Week

March 11, 2019 at 8:01 am 0 comments

This week the Water & Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Association (WWEMA) will join several other major water organizations for Water Week 2019, a national policy event that draws water professionals from across the country together to advocate for the unique needs of drinking water and clean water utilities. This year, WWEMA’sRead More

Clean Water SRF would receive largest-ever increase under new bill

Clean Water SRF would receive largest-ever increase under new bill

March 11, 2019 at 6:12 am 0 comments

Clean water organizations and advocates in the water sector are praising Congress for its bipartisan introduction of the Water Quality Protection and Jobs Creation Act of 2019. The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) is joining other major clean water organizations in supporting the introduction of the bill. NACWA hasRead More

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Senate confirms Wheeler as EPA chief

March 4, 2019 at 10:45 am 0 comments

The Senate voted 52-47 last week to confirm Andrew Wheeler as the next administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Wheeler was expected to be sworn in after holding the position of acting administrator since Scott Pruitt resigned from the post last July. Following Pruitt’s resignation, President Donald TrumpRead More