Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2009 - (Page 9)

The Power of a Simple Thank You… FROM THE PRESIDENT BY FRED SHELDON, NRWA PRESIDENT I think it is safe to say that none of this success could have occurred had it not been for the hard relationships they have of Congress. work of our states and the built with their members WE OFTEN TAKE the time to ask for assistance, but taking the time to say thanks makes all the difference in the world. Last issue, I took the opportunity to share with you my philosophy of “thanks.” I tried to explain how a couple of simple words can have so profound an impact. I’m happy to convey to you today that those words had quite an impact with the members of Congress who support our programs and report to you the success that this simple concept has provided our organization. The Congress recently passed, and President Obama signed, the Omnibus funding bill for fi scal year 2010. These bills provided funding for all the programs funded by the federal government to operate for the upcoming year. I am excited to let you know that Congress took a hard look at the funding provided to the state rural water associations, and due to your hard work, they increased each of our major initiatives. No example of this outstanding effort can compare to the addition of funding in the Water and Wastewater Grant and Loan Program. Last year, this program was funded at $558 million and was staring at a backlog of projects of over $3.4 billion. However, with the recently passed American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 and the fi nal passage of the Agriculture Appropriation bill for fi scal year 2009, unprecedented resources were made available for this program. Funding to wipe out this backlog as well as fund additional projects was included in the bill. We are working closely with USDA to ensure small communities have access to this assistance. This is the fi rst time in history that USDA will be able to completely eliminate the current backlog for funding. Under the programs our states participate in through the U.S. Department of Agriculture, we received increases across the board. The greatest surprise was the funding increase associated with the Grassroots Source Water Protection Program. This program, operated with the USDA Farm Service Agency, provides states with source water specialists to produce source water plans for rural communities. This program operates in 36 states and currently is funded at just over $3.5 million annually. However, due to the outstanding efforts by state rural water associations working with their members of Congress, this funding was increased to $5 million for the upcoming year. This increase will allow for the expansion of the program into additional states and grow the program as a whole. Other increases in the USDA portion of the bill include an additional $250,000 for the Circuit Rider Program, which raises its funding level to $14 million. Continued on page 49 Second Quarter 2009 • 9

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2009

Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2009
From the President
Energy Conservation for Small Utilities
Sounds Too Good to Bet True...But It's Real!
Algae to Biodiesel
Wind to Water
Utility Management in a Down Economy
Waterbrick: Bulk Water Delivery System Pulls Double Duty as Shelter
Five Attributes of Inspirational Leaders
Regulatory Update
Rally Wrap Up
Throwing My Loop
Index to Advertisers
From the CEO

Rural Water - Quarter 2, 2009