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the dirt on water Working Together By Stephen Murdoch The Clean Water Construction Coalition is working to increase awareness of the importance of federal funding for water. It has been a busy year for the Clean Water Construction Coalition. The national organization of construction associations has been tirelessly working to promote federal legislation that improves water and wastewater infrastructure on a national level. Formed in 2005, the coalition of 27 dedicated state associations represents 10,600 employers that are active in the construction industry. Bob Briant, chairman of the Clean Water Construction Coalition, said his team’s main focus has been to increase awareness of the importance of federal funding for wastewater and drinking water construction nationally. “In early 2011, we urged U.S. Senators to resist cuts in the Federal Fiscal 2011 Appropriations for the Wastewater and Drinking Water SRF Programs. Coalition representatives sat through a series of meetings with Congressional leaders involved in jurisdiction for the SRF programs to reiterate our stance,” Briant said. In mid-May of 2011, the Clean Water Construction Coalition continued its efforts with open dialogue with key stakeholders. “The Coalition hosted a luncheon reception for Congressman Bob Gibbs, chairman of the Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. Gibbs was receptive to the Coalition and encouraged further communication between both parties,” Briant went on to say. The 38-year industry veteran is pleased with the efforts of the Coalition through 2011. “We have been successful in recent years in increasing annual appropriations for the wastewater and drinking water SRF programs. The government is sitting up and taking notice of how important it is to improve water and wastewater infrastructure,” Briant explained. Ongoing communication with Congress has paid great dividends, with new legislation being introduced in early October. “Several members of Congress introduced HR 3145, the Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act of 2011, in the House. The bill will reauthorize the SRF program for five years at increased funding of $13.5 billion for wastewater construction. The bill also provides funding for the construction 14 / CONNstruction / Winter 2011

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CONNstruction - Winter 2011

Is Water Affordable?
Water Infrastructure Projects Will Help Return the Construction Industry to Prosperity
FASB Backs Off, Requiring More Rigorous Withdrawal Liability Disclosures
The Potential of Public-Private Partnerships in Water and Wastewater Projects
Working Together
Pour It On
The Name Says It All
Momentum Achieved on MDC Clean Water Project
2011 AGC of CT Industry Recognition Awards & Dinner
CCPC Annual Picnic
YCF September Meeting
The Diggers Mixers Fixers Annual Golf Outing
CEUCA Fall Luncheon

CONNstruction - Winter 2011