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Ask Congress To Support Funding for Water Research Program

December 30, 2018

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The National Priorities Water Research (NPWR) program has helped advance water science research through applied, extramural research projects. But more funding is needed. The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) Water Advocates Program asks water sector professionals to garner support for NPWR from their members of Congress. The program directly benefits water sector utilities through […]

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WEF Endorses Legislation To Help Low-Income Households

December 24, 2018

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On Oct. 10, U.S. Sen. Ben Cardin (D–Md.) and U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker (R–Miss.) introduced the Low-Income Water Customer Assistance Programs Act of 2018 (S. 3564). The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) endorsed this legislation, which would help increase access to water and wastewater services. The legislation would amend the Safe Drinking Water Act […]

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U.S. Congress Passes America’s Water Infrastructure Act

November 25, 2018

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In October, the U.S. Senate passed the biennial Water Resources Development Act. The bi-partisan legislation includes major provisions that benefit drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure and policy. The U.S. House of Representatives also passed a version of the bill, known as America’s Water Infrastructure Act (S. 3021), in September. The Water Environment Federation (WEF; […]

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Ask Congress To Support Grants for Water Research

August 25, 2018

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Water Advocates Guide and Toolkit

The National Priorities Water Research program has advanced water science through applied research projects. This provides direct benefits to water sector utilities through more robust knowledge, tools, and models that can improve public health and lower costs for municipalities. While the U.S. Congress has supported the program during the past 5 years, continued funding is […]

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WEF Webcast Describes Regulatory Trends Across the U.S.

July 25, 2018

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The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) Government Affairs Committee tracks water-related legislation. On June 28, its Member Association Subcommittee hosted a webcast to inform members about regulatory trends. During the “Linking Member Associations with Important Federal Policies and Local Trends” webcast, panelists from different regions of the U.S. shared information about local regulations and […]

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U.S. EPA Extends Deadline To Apply for WIFIA Loan

June 29, 2018

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EPA - Pruitt Meeting with Water Groups Featured

The deadline to submit letters of interest for Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loans has been extended to July 31. U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Scott Pruitt announced the extension during a meeting with the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) and other water sector associations on May 15. Pruitt also sent […]

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Water Resources Development Act Progresses Through Congress

June 27, 2018

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On June 6, the U.S. House of Representatives passed its version of the Water Resources Development Act of 2018. The bill authorizes U.S. Army Corps of Engineers programs and projects. One of the amendments proposed by U.S. Rep. Denny Heck (D-Wash.) that passed directs the U.S. Government Accountability Office to conduct a study of the […]

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U.S. EPA Holds Summit on PFAS

June 25, 2018

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EPA - PFAS Summit Featured

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) held a National Leadership Summit to discuss per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), May 22–23. Water Environment Federation (Alexandria, Va.) staff and members attended alongside representatives from more than 40 states, tribes, and territories; 20 federal agencies; congressional staff; and other organizations. EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt presented EPA’s four-step action […]

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