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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 this week unveiled some specifics on 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 overhaulRead 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

House Dems counter with $1 trillion infrastructure proposal

House Dems counter with $1 trillion infrastructure proposal

February 12, 2018 at 1:00 pm 0 comments

In a seemingly preemptive action to this week’s expected release of President Donald Trump’s $1 trillion-plus infrastructure proposal, Democratic lawmakers in the House of Representatives have outlined a $1 trillion infrastructure plan of their own. The Democratic plan was included in a “Better Deal” policy package that supporters say willRead 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

House infrastructure proposal supports SRF, WIFIA increases

House infrastructure proposal supports SRF, WIFIA increases

January 15, 2018 at 12:23 pm 0 comments

A report released in January by a bipartisan group of lawmakers in the House of Representatives outlines a number of policy recommendations for rebuilding and renewing U.S. infrastructure, including ideas to spur investment in water and wastewater systems. The report was authored by members of the bipartisan House Problem Solvers Caucus, aRead More

Reflections from Washington, D.C. — Water Infrastructure in the Balance

Reflections from Washington, D.C. — Water Infrastructure in the Balance

December 20, 2017 at 7:20 am 0 comments

By Michael Deane As we reflect upon the first year of the Trump Administration, I would like to offer some insight into recent developments in Washington, D.C., and what we are likely to see in 2018 with respect to water infrastructure funding and reform. This year began with an ambitiousRead More

Water sector advises caution on SRF WIN bill

Water sector advises caution on SRF WIN bill

December 20, 2017 at 7:05 am 0 comments

Last week, leading water industry organizations – the American Water Works Association (AWWA), the Water Environment Federation (WEF) and the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) wrote to Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.) to express concerns about a draft bill that could threaten the future of EPA’s Water Infrastructure Finance andRead More

Senate confirms Ross for Office of Water post

Senate confirms Ross for Office of Water post

December 18, 2017 at 7:15 am 0 comments

The U.S. Senate has confirmed David P. Ross to serve as the assistant administrator for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Office of Water. Ross was nominated by President Donald J. Trump for the position in September. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt praised the Senate’s action to confirm Ross. “David RossRead More

Florida lawmaker introduces bill to double WIFIA funding

Florida lawmaker introduces bill to double WIFIA funding

December 4, 2017 at 11:10 am 0 comments

U.S. Congressman Brian Mast (R-Fla.) has introduced the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Reauthorization Act of 2017 to extend and double the funding authorization for a critical credit assistance program designed to accelerate investment in our nation’s water infrastructure. The bipartisan bill—co-sponsored by Representatives Bob Gibbs (OH-7), Sean Maloney (NY-12)Read More

EPA, Army propose delay to WOTUS rule

EPA, Army propose delay to WOTUS rule

November 24, 2017 at 8:00 am 0 comments

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and U.S. Department of the Army are proposing to amend the effective date of the 2015 rule defining “waters of the United States” (WOTUS). The agencies are proposing that the 2015 rule would not go into effect until two years after the action is finalizedRead More

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