Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2017 - 38
BY MIKE KEEGAN, NRWA ANALYST
The following are summaries
of articles covered on NRWA'S
Washington, D.C., homepage (www.
ruralwater.org). For more information, or
the original documents for any of these
summaries, please visit the homepage.
If you have a comment or position that
you would like to be considered by the
NRWA Regulatory Committee, let us hear
from you by emailing Mike Keegan at
NRWA campaign to save USDA -
week one: On March 16, the President
proposed to eliminate the U.S. Department
of Agriculture's (USDA) Water & Waste
SECOND QUARTER 2017
Disposal Loan & Grant Program.
Immediately following the President's
budget proposal, NRWA's Power of an
Association Campaign to Restore Rural
Water Funding in Congress began.
Updates from week one:
* U.S. Representatives Hanabusa (HI)
and Katko (NY) circulated a letter in the
House to fund USDA. This will be the
main manifestation of Congressional
support for USDA.
* North Dakota Rural Water immediately
contacted their Senators in support
of USDA. North Dakota Senator John
Hoeven chairs the subcommittee in
charge of funding all USDA initiatives.
The Bismarck Tribune newspaper
featured the issue in a weekend
report: "Republican Sen. John Hoeven
said he was glad to see more military
and veterans affairs spending, but
wants to make significant changes to
the USDA budget... Eric Volk, executive
director of the North Dakota Rural
Water Systems Association, considers
the funds vital ... 'Many of these
communities in the backlog simply
cannot afford private sector financing
at the present terms and rates and
will not be able to expand/upgrade