• Low-Income Water Utility Bill Assistance Included in COVID Relief Package; Congress Passes FY21 Appropriations Package

    On Dec. 20th, Congressional leaders announced an agreement on a roughly $900 billion coronavirus relief and economic aid measure that includes payments to individuals, loans for small businesses, and funds for transportation workers and others. The deal is combined with a wide-ranging $1.4-trillion appropriations package measure to keep government agencies, including their construction programs, operating through Sept. 30, 2021, the end of the current fiscal year.

  • White House Rewrite of NEPA Rule Takes Effect

    The White House National Environmental Policy Act (NEPA) regulation took effect on Sept. 14th.  The rule, which aims to speed up federal reviews is taking effect as planned after a Federal judge declined to block the measure on Sept. 11.  The decision is a victory for the administration’s efforts to speed up approvals, especially for pipelines, oil and gas wells, highways, and other projects.

  • City of Morro Bay, Calif., Receives $62 Million WIFIA Loan

    On March 10, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced a $62 million Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loan to the city of Morro Bay, Calif., to replace its 63-year old wastewater treatment plant with a new treatment and water recycling facility.

  • WEF Monitoring Impact of Coronavirus on Water Sector

    The Water Environment Federation’s Disinfection and Public Health Committee created an informative, in-depth section on WEF’s website to provide up-to-date information on the outbreak of the 2019 Novel Coronavirus as it continues to spread.

  • Clean Water Provisions in Final FY20 Budget

    After several months of negotiations beyond the start of the 2020 fiscal year, late last week Congress reached an agreement on the final FY20 budget for the federal government. The $1.4 trillion omnibus agreement covers all 12 annual appropriations bills and will provide an increase in total federal spending of about $49 billion. It will include funding and policy provisions that have been the focus of much of the delay, such as funding for the southern border wall and raising the tobacco purchasing age to 21.