Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2014 - (Page 28)
The Rural Water Rally was held
February 10-12, 2014
in Washington, D.C.
BY CHRIS WILSON, NRWA
THE NATIONAL RURAL Water Association opened the 2014 Rural
Water Rally in Washington D.C. with speeches from Congressman
Alan Nunnelee and USDA Acting Under-Secretary Doug O'Brien for
Nunnelee, from Mississippi, remarked
about the efforts of the Mississippi Rural
Water Association during ice storms and
tornados in the state. The congressman
also praised Rural Water for its efforts to
communicate and coordinate with government. "The most important thing we
can do is communicate," Nunnelee said.
"If you communicate when you don't
have it, you communicate better when
you do have to."
Nunelee also expressed confidence
that communication would aid Rural
Water moving forward, despite potential
budget issues in the future. "We can get
through the tough times in America by
working together and communicating,"
the congressman said.
O'Brien focused on the economic
impact of Rural Water and the value it
provides families in small communities.
Rural Developments' goal is to provide
economic opportunity and improve quality of life in rural America. "I think that
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means making rural America a great
place for young families," O'Brien said.
The Under Secretary focused on the
"bio economy" that includes more that
foods and textiles, considering an entire
range of biomass that can be used to create products and energy.
"All these require a clean, reliable water source," O'Brien said. "You
are the foundation for opportunity in
NRWA President Doug Anderton concluded the remarks by encouraging the
representatives from NRWA's over 31,000
members to tell their story. Because of the
efforts of Rural Water members in their
community, the National Rural Water
Association had a successful year, despite
sequestration and government shutdown threatening its sources of funding.
"Every day National Rural Water
Association is advocating for rural utilities," he said. "We're working to supply
our communities have a clean, reliable
source of drinking water. We're working
to ensure the regulations systems must
follow are affordable."
Despite continuing uncertainty with
the economy and the federal budget,
NRWA has protected its critical Circuit
Rider program and expanded its Source
Water Protection programs to every
state. The association has also successfully worked to have fire hydrants
exempted from lead and copper rules and
to protect rural communities in the farm
bill. Mike McNulty from West Virginia
also testified as part of hearings regarding a chemical spill in West Virginia.
"Rural water has ups and downs, and
we have come out stronger because of
you" Anderton said. "Your willingness
to serve and to tell your story."
"None of this would have happened
The Rally is OUR most important tool
in keeping Congress informed about the
importance of rural water in America.
The constant efforts of dedicated people within the Rural Water family and
their leaders help us attain billions of
dollars in loans, grants and programs
that help provide clean, safe, quality
and affordable water for millions of
Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2014
From the President
A Paperless Option
Board Orientation Has Multiple Benefits
The Nrwa Revolving Loan Fund
Rural Water Rally 2014
State Association of the Year
Throwing My Loop
Index to Advertisers/ advertisers.com
From the CEO
Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2014