Washington Report

Pruitt supports WIFIA, SRFs following confirmation hearing

Pruitt supports WIFIA, SRFs following confirmation hearing

January 30, 2017 at 7:25 am 0 comments

Scott Pruitt, Oklahoma attorney general and President Trump’s nominee to head up the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), expressed strong support for the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) program and the Drinking Water and Clean Water State Revolving Funds (SRFs) in his written responses to questions submitted byRead More

Acting heads assume EPA posts as Obama leadership exits

Acting heads assume EPA posts as Obama leadership exits

January 24, 2017 at 1:39 pm 0 comments

Leadership at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is transitioning this week as President Donald Trump’s administration assumes power. The position of EPA Administrator last held by Gina McCarthy has been temporarily filled by Catherine McCabe, who is now acting administrator. Previously, McCabe served as the Deputy Regional Administrator of EPA’sRead More

Hawkins, Story join US Water Alliance board

Hawkins, Story join US Water Alliance board

January 5, 2017 at 3:10 pm 0 comments

The US Water Alliance announced Thursday that DC Water CEO and General Manager George Hawkins and American Water President and CEO Susan Story, will join its board of directors. Hawkins has served as the CEO and general manager of DC Water since 2009, where he oversees the distribution of drinkingRead More

Trump to nominate Pruitt as EPA chief

Trump to nominate Pruitt as EPA chief

December 10, 2016 at 5:41 pm 0 comments

President-elect Donald Trump plans to nominate Oklahoma attorney general Scott Pruitt to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), according to multiple reports. If confirmed by the Senate, Pruitt — a Republican and frequent opponent of President Obama’s environmental policies — would oversee the 15,000-employee agency and could undo several regulationsRead More

EPA Finalizes Drinking Water Action Plan

EPA Finalizes Drinking Water Action Plan

December 5, 2016 at 12:30 pm 0 comments

Last week, EPA’s Office of Ground Water and Drinking Water released the agency’s final Drinking Water Action Plan. Organized around six “priority areas,” the plan is intended to serve as a “national call to action, urging all levels of government, utilities, community organizations, and other stakeholders to work together toRead More

Will Congress Pass Final WRDA Bill in 2016?

Will Congress Pass Final WRDA Bill in 2016?

November 28, 2016 at 10:00 am 0 comments

Lawmakers return to Washington this week with the goal of quickly wrapping up the year’s remaining unfinished business. The top “must-pass” item on the agenda is a continuing resolution (CR) that is expected to keep the federal government operating largely at current funding levels through the end of March. RepublicanRead More

Why A Trump Presidency Could Be A Win for Infrastructure

Why A Trump Presidency Could Be A Win for Infrastructure

November 23, 2016 at 7:00 am 0 comments

By Will Brown For many, the results of the Nov. 8, 2016 election came as a surprise. For many others it was a repudiation of an establishment that has driven disgust and disenfranchisement within our government and political system. For all of us, the results represent a renewed opportunity forRead More

AWWA to Trump: Make Water Infrastructure Key Priority

AWWA to Trump: Make Water Infrastructure Key Priority

November 21, 2016 at 10:17 am 0 comments

  In a letter to President-elect Donald J. Trump last week, the American Water Works Association (AWWA) encouraged collaboration among the new administration to make water infrastructure investment a key priority in the coming years. The letter also elevated the issues of cybersecurity, source water protection, the energy-water nexus, affordabilityRead More

GOP Leaders in Congress to Postpone FY2017 Spending Decisions

GOP Leaders in Congress to Postpone FY2017 Spending Decisions

November 21, 2016 at 9:57 am 0 comments

Republican leaders in the House and Senate announced last week they will delay final decisions on FY2017 appropriations bills until the spring and will consider a continuing resolution (CR) to keep the federal government operating until March 31. According to the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA), the decision couldRead More

AMWA: Water Policy Landscape Won’t Change Post-Election

AMWA: Water Policy Landscape Won’t Change Post-Election

November 14, 2016 at 11:49 am 0 comments

Coming into the 2016 Election, Democrats were widely expected to achieve considerable gains on Capitol Hill. But in addition to Donald Trump’s surprise victory for the presidency, Republicans also came out of Election Day comfortably in control of their existing House and Senate majorities. As a result, the water policyRead More