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NRWA Recap BY MIKE KEEGAN, RURAL WATER ANALYST EPA funding moves to House of Representatives: Recently, Congressmen Harper (MS) and Tonko (NY) introduced legislation in the House to fix the EPA funding problem (H.R. 2853). NRWA is urging the House leadership to consider the bill using an expedited process and we should have news on this effort in the coming week. Similar legislation has already passed the U.S. Senate (S. 611). Also Congressman Jenkins (WV) asked the EPA appropriations committee whether passage of H.R. 2853 could impact this year's EPA appropriations funding and he received a positive reply. The legislation would mandate in law that EPA prioritize technical assistance funding to initiatives that are the most helpful to small and rural communities. NRWA standing up for the SRFs: NRWA urged the House Ways and Means Committee to direct all federal water infrastructure subsidies to the SRFs (and similar initiatives based on merit) versus diverting these subsidies to WIFIA. NRWA to support states' legal challenge to EPA's WOTUS: On July 11, the NRWA Executive Committee overwhelmingly approved the NRWA Regulatory Committee and the NRWA Maryland Board Member's motion to support the over two-dozen states suing the U.S. EPA. The states claim the EPA's Waters of the U.S. Rule provides the agency with expansive authority not contained in the Clean Water Act or ruled as legal by the U.S. Supreme Court (Rapanos 2006). Regulatory Committee and MD CamPaign To fix 46 S T R E A M L I N E * F a l l 2 0 1 5 rural water member George Hanson proposed, "Based on the position that NRWA has taken on this matter it may be a good opportunity to express that position by authoring an Amicus Brief for the Plaintiff states and use that venue to go on record supporting our members and their end users... I make this recommendation for your consideration." The motion was adopted at the NRWA Executive Committee meeting. Hanson proposed filing an Amicus Curiae brief in each federal court that is hearing a challenge to the rule. States suing over the WOTUS Rule: * U.S. District of ND's (ND, AK, AZ, AR, CO, ID, MO, MT, NE, NV, SD, WY, NM) * U.S. Southern District of OH (OH, MI) * U.S. 5th Circuit and U.S. Southern District of TX (TX, LA, MS) * U.S. Southern District of GA (WV, AL, FL, GA, KS, KY, SC, UT, WI) Florida boil water caused by car crash: In Lehigh Acres, a 12-inch water main was damaged July 5 following a continued on page 55

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Streamline - Fall 2015

From the President: What if the Hokey Pokey Really is What it’s All About?
From the Executive Director: The Value of Membership
VRWA’s 2015 Expo Wrap Up
Membership is Free, but its Value to your Utility may be Priceless!!
How to Prepare for a Lab Audit
Tomorrow’s Leaders: Attracting Young Professionals
Amherst Source Water Protection
USDA Rural Development/Virginia
Comparative Advantage
Keeping Workers Safe During Night-Time Repairs
Affordable Mixers Now Available for Southern Corrosion Engineered Tank Care Customers
When Consolidation Makes cents
NRWA Recap
VRWA Offers New Member Benefits
Throwing My Loop: Another View
Booster Club
e-Learning Benefits
Membership Application
Do you know what your VRWA Benefits are?
Welcoming New Members
Training Calendar
Board of Directors
VRWA Committees
Index to Advertisers/

Streamline - Fall 2015