Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2014 - (Page 40)
Why I Rally!
BY THE NRWA WASHINGTON STAFF
LOU HOLTZ ONCE said "Life is 10 percent what happens to you and 90
percent how you respond to it."
For 38 years, this organization, the
National Rural Water Association, with
our members and friends, has responded
to the needs of rural America. This grassroots effort has been extremely successful. Successful in securing millions in
federal funding for water and wastewater
construction, establishing rural policy,
preserving our water sources, protecting
our environment, enhancing the quality of life and creating a robust business
environment. You are the voice for rural
America's water needs. Many of you have
testified before Congress on important
funding and policy issues. You have
always stood up and responded to your
community's needs. We need you once
again at our Water Rally next February
in Washington, D.C.
In this era of what seems to be unlimited corporative and private money to
support political campaigns, policy and
legislative priorities, our only tool to
compete in this environment is a large
and vocal grassroots campaign. We
would argue that the key ingredient
to this success is you, your colleagues,
friends and family. And yes, it is important that you, each one of you that are
able, show up in Washington and meet
with your elected representatives and allow them to do
their work in Washington...
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and that is representing you, your family
and community's needs.
You are the experts and practitioners
in the field; you are more knowledgeable
on water issues that affect rural America
than 99.99 percent of the rest of the country. That is why lawmakers respect you,
listen to you and call you when they need
assistance for their constituents, respond
to a disaster or get advice and counsel
We have waded through many uncertain times, times when funding for small
and rural systems was slated to be eliminated or drastically reduced by Congress
or within the President's budget request,
and each time you stepped up and told
your story and that is what has made
the difference. We can't compete with
corporate or wealthy donors, but we can
compete back home, in the small towns,
city halls, farm communities, small businesses and with other interested parties
that have a stake in this effort.
With every election there are new
challenges and uncertainties. This
February we will once again have new
members of Congress, new staff and committee assignments to address. A few
years ago many newly elected members
wanted to eliminate or drastically reduce
funding that provided direct benefits to
your communities. Some new members of
Congress wouldn't even entertain a discussion on any federal funding through
USDA or EPA that would benefit rural
America. Now, many of these same members are some of our strongest supporters.
They now recognize the value of your
work and efforts in your communities.
They respect your dedication, work ethic
This is the richest nation is the world
and we should not be talking about lowering the investments and assistance to
sustain or increase water quality in this
nation. What we receive in rural America
is a minute fraction of the $1 trillion
budget Congress is working under.
As the President of the National Rural
Water Association, Doug Anderton has
stated many times in the past "all programs and initiatives are not equal....and
we can match our work and the small
federal investment and huge returns with
any other program or initiative." You
make it possible to ensure rural America
is not lost in the debate.
We also want to personally thank the
folks who come to Washington year after
year, especially when you consider that
two of the last five years have had some
serious heavy snow events that caused
many problems. We are sorry if any of
you were inconvenienced. We were successful because you still came when others chose not to.
We have our Rally in February
because Congress, and specifically the
Appropriation Committees, begins their
work in February. Many Appropriation
request deadlines last year began in late
March and early April. We need a seat
at the table at the very beginning of this
long and complicated process. That is the
best strategy to ensure that our priorities
will be in any final product.
We know you want what is best for
rural America, even with the hardships
and barriers that you must address in
your daily lives. We respectfully ask for
your help again to ensure we have a large
turnout at the Water Rally this February.
It is our hope that you will be able to
come and stand up for rural America
once again and the National Rural Water
Association will be honored to stand with
you on this journey.
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2014
From the President
Cyber Security for Busy People
10 Ways Technology Is Changing the Future of Water
Innovation and Improvements: Grady County Water District #6
A Donation to Make a Difference: Hd Supply Waterworks Donates Waterstep’s M-100 Portable Water Purification Systems
Why I Rally!
Success in Seattle: Waterpro 2014
National Rural Water Association’s Awards of Excellence
Throwing My Loop
Index to Advertisers/ advertisers.com
From the Ceo
Rural Water - Quarter 4, 2014