Washington Report

Water sector testifies in Congress in support of water investment

Water sector testifies in Congress in support of water investment

March 20, 2017 at 11:18 am 0 comments

Water sector representatives testified in Congress last week in support of investment in water infrastructure and the importance of programs like the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF), the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) and effective steps Congress can take to facilitate further cost-effectiveRead More

Does Trump’s infrastructure plan conflict with budget proposal?

Does Trump’s infrastructure plan conflict with budget proposal?

March 6, 2017 at 11:30 am 0 comments

President Donald Trump vowed to follow through on another key campaign promise when he announced during a recent address to Congress that he would ask for approval of a $1 trillion infrastructure spending plan. However, Trump’s comments on increased infrastructure investment came just days after theRead More

Trump rolls back Waters of the U.S. rule

Trump rolls back Waters of the U.S. rule

February 28, 2017 at 1:20 pm 0 comments

President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that requires the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to review Waters of the United States regulations to make sure they align with the administration’s goals. The move, which has beenRead More

Scott Pruitt confirmed as EPA chief

Scott Pruitt confirmed as EPA chief

February 17, 2017 at 3:03 pm 0 comments

The Senate voted 52-46 on Friday to confirm Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt as the next administrator of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). Republicans moved forward with Pruitt’s confirmation despite a last-minute push from Democrats and environmentalists to delay the vote. Pruitt’s confirmation came a dayRead More

Report details risk of eliminating tax-exempt municipal bonds

Report details risk of eliminating tax-exempt municipal bonds

February 13, 2017 at 1:34 pm 0 comments

According to a new estimate developed by the Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA) and the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), eliminating tax-exempt municipal bonds would increase water and wastewater infrastructure financing costs by $16 billion nationwide over a 30-year repayment period. TheRead More

Senate EPW advances Pruitt nomination

Senate EPW advances Pruitt nomination

February 6, 2017 at 2:30 pm 0 comments

Earlier this month, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee voted 11-0 to advance Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt, President Trump’s nominee to head the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), for full consideration by the Senate. While some Democrats boycotted the committee, Republicans voted toRead More

Senate Dems float $1 trillion infrastructure spending plan

Senate Dems float $1 trillion infrastructure spending plan

January 30, 2017 at 7:30 am 1 comment

Water and wastewater infrastructure funding programs at the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) would receive an additional $110 billion over the next 10 years as part of a massive $1 trillion infrastructure spending plan unveiled by Senate Democrats inRead More

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 writtenRead 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 theRead 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 heRead More