• 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.

  • WEF, Merkley Collaborate To Introduce Energy Efficiency Funding Bill

    On Dec. 12, U.S. Senator Jeff Merkley (D-OR) introduced legislation to provide necessary resources to water resource recovery facilities — frequently the largest energy user in municipalities — to upgrade their energy and water efficiency. The Water Environment Federation worked closely with Merkley's office to help create the bill. The infrastructure updates sought would curb emissions from wasted energy and reduce facility costs.

  • House and Senate Negotiators Make Progress on FY20 Bills

    On Nov. 22, top negotiators from the U.S. House of Representatives and the U.S. Senate reached a long-stalled deal on top-line spending figures for the fiscal 2020 bills.  The agreement marks a breakthrough for the government funding negotiations, which follows days of behind-the-scenes negotiations, including back-and-forth funding offers, between Senate Republicans and House Democrats as they worked together to find a path to a deal.

  • RCAP to Host Biosolids Webinar in December

    On Dec. 13, the Rural Community Assistance Program (RCAP) will hold a webinar that will provide an overview of biosolids handling and disposal techniques for operators, technical assistance providers, and regulatory personnel to familiarize them with the various technologies and processes employed in the handling and disposal of biosolids.  In addition, the 1.5 hours webinar will discuss and evaluate various techniques and methods of biosolids handling to help control cost and increase efficiency.

  • House Marks up Key CWSRF Legislation

    On Oct. 29, the U.S. House of Representatives Transportation and Infrastructure Committee will hold a mark up session on H.R. 1497, the Water Quality and Job Creation Act of 2019. U.S. Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR) introduced the legislation, which would empower Congress to appropriate $16.68 billion over 5 years to the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF), which provides low-interest wastewater infrastructure loans to utilities.

  • Indiana Finance Authority Awarded WIFIA Loan

    On Oct. 9, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced that the Indiana Finance Authority (IFA) would receive a $436 million WIFIA loan to finance 23 wastewater and drinking water projects across the state.

  • Pilot PFAS Study to Move Forward

    On August 29, the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) approved a pilot study at Pease International Tradeport to examine health implications related to per- and polyfluoralkyl substances (PFAS) exposure.