Washington Report

Water sector briefs Congress, EPA on new affordability strategy

Water sector briefs Congress, EPA on new affordability strategy

September 9, 2019 at 10:01 am 0 comments

During meetings on Capitol Hill and at EPA in late August, the lead authors of the joint NACWA, American Water Works Association (AWWA) and Water Environment Federation (WEF) report, Developing a New Framework for Household Affordability and Financial Capability Assessment in the Water Sector, provided background on a proposed new approachRead More

Senate approves budget deal that could boost EPA funds

Senate approves budget deal that could boost EPA funds

August 2, 2019 at 1:41 pm 0 comments

Last week the Senate signed off on a bipartisan, two-year budget deal that lays the groundwork for lawmakers to make progress on FY20 appropriations bills this fall. The budget agreement, which the House of Representatives previously approved, will now be signed into law by President Donald Trump. The budget framework increases theRead More

Aerial view of Washington Monument and The Mall, Washington, DC

Washington Report: AWIA sets the course for next wave of water infrastructure financing

June 19, 2019 at 2:30 pm 0 comments

By Diane VanDe Hei It has been a popular talking point recently in Washington, D.C. to call for action on some sort of “infrastructure bill” that could stimulate the economy, put Americans to work, and begin to rectify the state of our nation’s roads, bridges, and even our water systems.Read More

Bill introduced to restore advanced refunding of municipal bonds

Bill introduced to restore advanced refunding of municipal bonds

June 12, 2019 at 2:07 pm 0 comments

U.S. House Representatives Dutch Ruppersberger (D-Md.) and Steve Stivers (R-Ohio) — co-chairs of the bipartisan House Municipal Finance Caucus — introduced The Investing in Our Communities Act (H.R. 2772) in May, which would amend the federal tax code to reinstate the option for a single advance refunding of municipal bonds. NACWA joinedRead More

House bill boosts EPA funding amid infrastructure plan fallout

House bill boosts EPA funding amid infrastructure plan fallout

May 31, 2019 at 3:04 pm 0 comments

The House Appropriations Committee passed its Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) Interior & Environment Appropriations bill in May, which funds the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), and included a significant increase for key EPA programs. This occurred on the same day President Trump broke off discussions with Congressional leaders on aRead More

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