Government Affairs Committee

 

The Government Affairs Committee tracks pending legislation and regulations which impact the water and wastewater industry at the local, state and national level. Members of the committee actively participate in stakeholder meetings for various regulations, prepare regulatory updates for the membership, and participate in development on regulations and policies.
 

Government Affairs Committee Project Page


Click here to see committee discussion on critical topics.
 

Presentations

January 2021 Regulatory Update
September 2020 - Covid Impacts on Wastewater – Blair Corning, Jim McQuarrie, Brian
Early August 2020 - Regulation No. 22 Updates – Bret Icenogle
July 2020 - TENORM Rule – Julie Tinetti
June 2020 - PFAS – Curtis Mitchell, Meg Parish
Archive
 

Regulatory Updates

January 2021 Regulatory Update
Archive
 

Meeting Schedule and Minutes  

We typically meet on the 3rd Wednesday of the month. Please contact the committee chairs to be added to our e-mail distribution list and join our group meetings.
 
Communications (E-blasts, Rocky Mountain Water Articles)
 

COMMITTEE OFFICERS

Dan DeLaughter, Co-Chair
DDeLaughter@Englewoodco.gov
Elizabeth Dunning, Co-Chair
Elizabeth.Dunning@student.nmt.edu
Shelby San Nicolas, Secretary & Communications Coordinator
SSanNicolas@GarverUSA.com
 

ACTIVITIES

  • Inform RMWEA membership of upcoming policy and legislative actions by
    • Publishing articles in Rocky Mountain Water
    • Hosting quarterly presentations from industry professionals
    • Issuing periodic updates in the weekly RMWEA email blasts 
  • Support WEF’s Government Affairs Committee Priorities
  • Participation in CDPHE stakeholder meetings
  • Coordination with Colorado Wastewater Utility Council
  • Recruit members for WEF’s Water Advocates Campaign 
  • Participate in the annual National Water Policy Fly-In to meet with members of congress and discuss water infrastructure needs

CONGRESS COMES TO AGREEMENT ON WATER RESOURCES DEVELOPMENT ACT OF 2016 
Washington, DC, December 6, 2016 — On Monday, Dec. 5, 2016, negotiators in the House and Senate released the “Water Infrastructure Improvements Act for the Nation (WIIN) Act,” which includes the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) of 2016.  The bill, which authorizes port, waterway, flood protection projects, aid for Flint, MI, and drinking water and wastewater provisions, is expected to be considered by the House and Senate prior to Congress recessing on Dec. 9th to end the 114th Congress.  While final passage of the bill is not certain, the bill is the conclusion of months of tough negotiations between the House and Senate to craft the legislation. 

While the primary purpose of WRDA bills has traditionally been to authorize Corps projects and programs, the WIIN Act also includes a number of provisions that WEF supported.  Title II of the bill is titled the Water and Waste Act of 2016, and the first section, Section 2101, is a Sense of Congress to urge robust funding for the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund programs.  This provision is a result of Section 7002 in the earlier Senate version of the WRDA bill which cited a report by WEF and WateReuse that found economic, job creation, and tax revenue benefits from increased federal funding for the SRF programs.
The WIIN Actt contains a number of provisions to provide assistance to Flint, MI, including authorization to appropriate $170 million through the Drinking Water SRF program and grants for lead line replacement and other programs to reduce lead in drinking water exposure for the citizens of Flint.  The bill also includes a Sense of Congress to provide $20 million for Flint through the WIFIA program.

Financial and technical assistance is also provided for small and disadvantaged communities to reduce lead in drinking water, including the replacement of lead service lines.  $60 million per year until FY 2021 is provided to help communities at a cost-share of 45% for applicants.

The bill also includes a number of technical adjustments to the WIFIA program, including a provision to permit WIFIA loan applicants to finance fees incurred through the application process into the loan.  Applicants will also be credited towards their 51% cost-share for eligible project costs incurred and in-kind contributions prior to the loan award.  

Additional provisions in the bill include authorization for 30 new Army Corps of Engineers projects, including ports, levees and a key Everglades restoration effort. Regional ecosystem restoration programs from Lake Tahoe to the Great Lakes to the Delaware River basin, along with two new Indian water rights settlements are all approved in the legislation.  There is also language changing the implementation of the coal ash rule and oil spill prevention regulation. Finally, a measure directing EPA to accelerate payments to claimants following the Gold King Mine spill was also included.

For more information, please contact Claudio H. Ternieden, WEF's Senior Director, Government Affairs and Strategic Partnerships at cternieden@wef.org or at (703) 684-2416. 
 
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