Infrastructure Week 2016 Showed Why #InfrastructureMatters

Infrastructure Week 2016 began across the nation on May 16th and continued to run through May 23rd.  This national, annual week of events helped to elevate infrastructure as a critical issue impacting all Americans.  

There were multiple ways to get involved this year from planning an event to writing to Congress, writing an op-ed, hosting a field trip, and much, much more.  This was also a great opportunity to engage the next generation. 

On May 16th, WEF Members attended a kick-off event on Monday morning which included equal or superior focus on water infrastructure vs. other kinds of infrastructure. May 18th was Infrastructure Advocacy Day and Building America’s Future Co-Chair Gov. Ed Rendell (D-PA) started the day by pointing out the high percentage of state initiatives to improve infrastructure that are approved by voters.

The briefing included remarks from all four of Infrastructure Week’s Congressional Co-Chairs: Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), Sen. Shelly Moore Capito (R-WV), Rep. Garett Graves (R-LA), and Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-NY). Each Member of Congress took a few minutes to talk about why #InfrastructureMatters and highlighted the important work Infrastructure Week and its participants are doing.

The theme for 2016 was "Infrastructure Matters."  PNCWA tweeted why #InfrastrucureMatters to us, and we hope you did too!

PNCWA Government Affairs Committee Update

The Government Affairs Committee keeps abreast of regulations and proposed legislation and guidelines related to clean water industry challenges, regulatory policies, and funding opportunities. Here's a success story they wanted to share: In 2011, Medford, Oregon, faced a problem common for cities nationwide. Upon treating sewage from nearly 200,000 people, the city’s wastewater treatment plant discharges an average of 17 million gallons of clean — but warm — water to the Rogue River every day.

Here’s the challenge: The historically cold Rogue River is already warming, and the water the facility is returning to the river could increase its temperature by an additional 0.18 degree Celsius. ....“The city needed to do something about that to meet its new permit requirement.”. ► Continue Reading

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News from WEF: House Water Infrastructure Bill Advances

On May 25th, the House Transportation and Infrastructure passed a bipartisan $5 billion water infrastructure bill, their version of the ► Water Resources and Development Act (HR 5303).

The House bill steers clear of provisions that would expand the water infrastructure 2016 measure beyond the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers civil works mission into assistance for drinking water systems and authorization of assistance for wastewater systems.

Proposed amendments to allow the Corps to help localities such as Flint, Mich., with drinking water systems and to reauthorize the Clean Water State Revolving Fund were offered, discussed and withdrawn. ► Continue Reading

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