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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
NACWA Applauds Senate EPW Approval of WRDA 2016
Washington, D.C. – The National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) strongly applauds today's passage by the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee of the 2016 Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) by a strong, bipartisan vote of 19-1.
Of equal importance, however, is that the bill directs the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to conduct a study examining the affordability challenges faced by low-income populations in paying for drinking water and wastewater services, setting the stage for a much-needed national dialogue on how a local-state-federal partnership can be re-established to address these growing affordability challenges that are at the heart of the investment gap.
"Many of the municipal clean water community's legislative priorities from recent years are included in this bill, and NACWA believes it will go a long way towards helping ensure all Americans have access to clean and safe water," said Adam Krantz, NACWA CEO. "NACWA thanks Sen. James Inhofe (R-OK) and Sen. Barbara Boxer (D-CA) for their leadership and for putting together such an ambitious and innovative WRDA package. NACWA is also thankful for the leadership and commitment on the part of other Senate champions who worked closely with Committee leaders to provide key provisions in the bill, including Sen. Ben Cardin (D-MD), Sen. Corey Booker (D-NJ), and Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH)."
The Senate package is a bold, bipartisan bill that will inject much needed investment into our nation's clean water infrastructure and establish strong policy tools within the Clean Water Act (CWA) to aid municipal clean water utilities in meeting their environmental and public health goals. Among other things, the bill would:
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