Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2014 - (Page 28)

Advocating for Rural Water 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 Rural Development. 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 28 * First Quarter 2014 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 rural America." 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 without you." 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 rural Americans.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2014

From the President
Alternative Energy
A Paperless Option
Board Orientation Has Multiple Benefits
The Nrwa Revolving Loan Fund
Rural Water Rally 2014
State Association of the Year
Regulatory Update
Throwing My Loop
Index to Advertisers/
From the CEO

Rural Water - Quarter 1, 2014