Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2008 - (Page 25)

Rural Water BY WALT SMITH, NRWA LEGISLATIVE ANALYST and the CONGRESS RECENTLY COMPLETED consideration of the Food, Conservation and Energy Act of 2008, commonly known as the 2008 Farm Bill. This important piece of legislation will control all United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) programs for the next several years. Specifically, it provides the guidance from Congress to USDA on all the programs related to rural water such as the Circuit Rider Program, the Grassroots Source Water Protection Program and the Water and Wastewater Grant and Loan Program. While addressing the continuing need and growing demand for these programs, Congress also included language in the bill that may provide increased opportunities for the cooperation between the Department and NRWA. The main priority of NRWA under this Farm Bill was the inclusion of increased authorizations for our existing programs. An authorization is a hunting license, more or less, to go to Congress over the next several years and petition for the funding of these programs. These authorizations provide NRWA and the state associations the opportunity to educate Congress and ask for increased funding for the next five years. This effort was successful and increased authorizations were acquired for both of these programs. Now, it is the job of each of our state associations to educate their members and have them work for increased appropriations in the coming year from Congress. Also a main priority was the maintenance of the current Water and Wastewater Grant and Loan Program. Funding for the current backlog of projects in this program and protecting its authorizations were both important. >>26 In the end, Congress provided $120 million in funding to address the backlog of projects in the U.S., with funding being split between all the states with pending applications. digiology99 | Third Quarter 2008 • 25

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2008

Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2008
From the President
From Hypo to Gas - A Forward Leap
If You Lose All Your Data Today... Would You Still Be in Business Tomorrow?
Weaving the Wireless Web
Rural Water and the Farm Bill
Ensuring Your Water System's Security
Guarding Against Becoming a Victim of Fraud
10 Ways to Improve Utility Efficiency
New Technology
Making a Difference By Being Involved
Regulatory Update
Source Water Protection Corner
Throwing My Loop
Cub Scouts Visit Alliance of Indiana Rural Water's Spring Conference
Index to Advertisers
From the CEO

Rural Water - Quarter 3, 2008