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From the President: Advancing Research, the Scientific Capital

April 16, 2019

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From the President - Tom Kunetz Featured

Since the end of World War II, the investment of federal money into basic research has led to many advances in engineering, materials science, computer science, medicine, and psychology. Yet, even with evidence of all these benefits, the relative contribution U.S. Congress has made into research as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP) has […]

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WEF-Backed Provisions Incorporated Into 2019 Omnibus Appropriations Bill

March 24, 2019

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The omnibus appropriations bill, which sets a budget for government programs for the 2019 fiscal year, passed through U.S. Congress and was signed into law by President Donald Trump. The package includes appropriations for the U.S. Department of Interior and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) supported many […]

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In Memoriam: Robert Jack Freeman Jr. Champion of Water for Small Communities

March 20, 2019

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In Memoriam - Freeman Mountain

Robert (Bob) Jack Freeman Jr., member of the Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) and the Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP) since 2006, died January 21 at the age of 71. Freeman, a registered professional engineer and certified wastewater treatment operator, earned both a bachelor’s and a master’s degree in environmental engineering from Mississippi […]

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EPA Invites 39 Projects To Apply for WIFIA Loans

January 24, 2019

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The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is inviting 39 projects to apply for Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loans. Selected borrowers, located in 16 states and Washington, D.C., will receive WIFIA loans totaling approximately $5 billion, according to an EPA news release. “This year, EPA will help finance over $10 billion in water […]

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WEF Joins 90 Organizations in Asking Congress To Fund Water Infrastructure

January 21, 2019

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The Water Environment Federation (WEF; Alexandria, Va.) joined 90 other organizations in sending a letter to Congress urging the adequate funding of water infrastructure. The coalition of national, state, and local organizations asked members of the U.S. Senate and U.S. House of Representatives to include funding for drinking water, wastewater, water reuse, and stormwater infrastructure […]

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Water Infrastructure Improvement Act Incorporates Integrated Planning into Legislation

January 19, 2019

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The Water Infrastructure Improvement Act (H.R. 7279) has passed the U.S. Congress and has been signed by the president. The bill amends the Federal Water Pollution Control Act to provide for an integrated planning (IP) process and promote green infrastructure. The bill defines IP as a developed plan that is consistent with the U.S. Environmental […]

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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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