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Senate hearing avoids SRF WIN details, AMWA says

Senate hearing avoids SRF WIN details, AMWA says

July 17, 2018 at 12:26 pm 0 comments

According to the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) in its Monday Morning Briefing for July 16, things got heated on Capitol Hill last week when supporters of the proposed SRF WIN Act clashed with committee members over the bill during a Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee hearing. AccordingRead More

Pruitt out at EPA as scandals mount

Pruitt out at EPA as scandals mount

July 9, 2018 at 11:15 am 0 comments

Scott Pruitt is out as the nation’s top environmental chief. President Donald J. Trump announced in a July 5 tweet he has accepted Pruitt’s resignation as administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The news comes amid growing controversy over ethical questions regarding Pruitt. Trump also announced deputy administrator AndrewRead More

Senate passes Farm Bill including water quality, funding provisions

Senate passes Farm Bill including water quality, funding provisions

July 2, 2018 at 7:40 am 0 comments

The U.S. Senate has passed the Agriculture Improvement Act of 2018 on an 86-11 vote. The bipartisan legislation would reauthorize the Farm Bill – as it is commonly referred to – for five years. The measure includes provisions that would extend programs that protect drinking water sources from farm runoff and offer assistanceRead More

AMWA: The Time Is Now for Congress to Recommit to WIFIA

AMWA: The Time Is Now for Congress to Recommit to WIFIA

June 20, 2018 at 9:47 am 0 comments

By Diane VanDe Hei Washington has heard a lot of talk over the past year about the need to address the nation’s aging infrastructure, but there has been little agreement among Democrats and Republicans about how to go about it. However, a program created by Congress four years ago is actuallyRead More

Senate panel approves spending bill to maintain WIFIA, SRF funds

Senate panel approves spending bill to maintain WIFIA, SRF funds

June 19, 2018 at 2:00 pm 0 comments

The Senate Appropriations Committee has approved its version of FY19 EPA spending legislation that would maintain level funding for the Drinking Water and Clean Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) programs, as well as the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program.  The full Senate could vote on the spending bill later thisRead More

Water sector reacts to passage of Farm Bill

Water sector reacts to passage of Farm Bill

June 19, 2018 at 10:00 am 0 comments

The American Water Works Association is applauding the U.S. Senate Agriculture Committee for introducing a bipartisan Farm Bill that recognizes the importance of protecting drinking water sources from nutrient runoff. AWWA singled out Chairman Pat Roberts, Ranking Member Debbie Stabenow, and Sen. Sherrod Brown for their commitment to protecting sourceRead More

Senate panel approves WRDA bill; water sector split on SRF WIN provision

Senate panel approves WRDA bill; water sector split on SRF WIN provision

May 29, 2018 at 12:00 pm 0 comments

The Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee has approved its plan to reauthorize the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA). The measure includes a controversial proposal known as the “SRF WIN Act.” Introduced earlier this year by Sen. John Boozman (R-Ark.), the SRF WIN Act would amend EPA’s Water InfrastructureRead More

WRDA bills may advance in Congress

WRDA bills may advance in Congress

May 21, 2018 at 12:49 pm 0 comments

House and Senate versions of legislation to reauthorize the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) could receive committee markups in each chamber this week, according to the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA). The Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee is expected to vote on its 2018 reauthorization WRDA, knownRead More

DC Water names new CEO

DC Water names new CEO

May 3, 2018 at 4:52 pm 0 comments

The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority’s Board of Directors today named David L. Gadis as the new chief executive officer and general manager of DC Water. Gadis was selected after a nationwide search that attracted more than 100 candidates. “David impressed our selection committee with his experience andRead More

Water system resiliency bill introduced in House

Water system resiliency bill introduced in House

April 30, 2018 at 9:47 am 0 comments

Lawmakers in the U.S. House of Representatives introduced legislation in April that would help local drinking water and wastewater utilities adapt their infrastructure to prepare for the impacts of changing hydrological conditions. H.R. 5596, the Water Infrastructure Resiliency and Sustainability Act, would establish a new program under the U.S. EnvironmentalRead More

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