Drinking Water Infrastructure Hamstrung With Antiquated Procurement Practices and Regulations That Inhibit Use of Materials & Increase Water Ratepayers Costs

(Part 1 of 5) Introduction According to the American Society of Civil Engineers (@ASCETweets) 2017 Infrastructure Report Card, “Most Americans – just under 300 million people – receive their drinking water from one of the nation’s 51,356 community water systems. Of these, just 8,674 systems, or approximately 17%, serve close to 92% of the total…

U.S. House Completes Ten Annual Appropriations Bills

The U.S. House has completed work on ten (of the total twelve) appropriations bills for FY 2020. The ten bills were bundled into two, five-bill “minibuses” and included: H.R. 3351, making appropriations for Financial Services and General Government was adopted 224-196, on June 26, 2019. The bill totals $24.55 billion. H.R. 3055, adopted 227-194, on…

California Members of U.S. House Introduce Legislation to Eradicate/Control Invasive Species Nutria

Would Provide California $7 Million Annually Through FY 2024 U.S. Representatives Josh Harder, John Garamendi, Jim Costa, and TJ Cox have introduced H.R. 3399, the reauthorization of the Nutria Eradication and Control Act in the U.S. House of Representatives to address the rising detections of the invasive species, nutria in California’s Central Valley. Nutria (Myocastor…

US House Appropriations Process Underway

U.S. House Appropriators continue to make progress on their twelve appropriations bills even without a congressional budget deal for FY 2020. Department of Interior and Environment The House Appropriations Committee has reported to the House the FY 2020 Interior and Environment Appropriations bill. The bill includes: A total $37.28 billion, an increase of $1.73 billion…

Congressional Budget Deal For FY 2020 Will Require Compromise

When Congress reconvenes after the Easter recess on April 29, job #1 will be to reach a deal on the top-dollar amount of federal discretionary spending for the federal government for FY 2020 beginning on October 1.  Discretionary spending is the portion of the federal budget totaling just over $1 trillion that Congress controls each…

Congress to Consider Supplemental Disaster Appropriations & EPA Nominee

On Tuesday afternoon, January 15 the U.S. House Rules Committee is scheduled to debate the rules for floor consideration of H.R 268, making Supplemental Appropriations for necessary expenses related to flood mitigation, disaster relief, long-term recovery, and restoration of infrastructure in areas that received a major disaster designation as a result of Hurricanes Florence, Michael,…

Analysis of EPA Waters of the U.S. Pre-Publication Proposal

On December 11, 2018, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Acting Administrator, Andrew Wheeler and R.D. James, Assistant Secretary of the Army for Civil Works, signed a “pre-publication” of a proposed rule on Waters of the U.S. (WOTUS). EPA will submit it to the Federal Register for publication. Publication will likely occur in a few weeks.…

GAO to EPA: Share Information on States Successes Identifying and Disclosing Lead Service Lines

A U.S. House of Representatives Committee report accompanying an appropriations bill for the FY 2017 Department of the Interior, Environment and Related Agencies includes a provision for the Government Accountability Office (GAO) to review lead service lines. EPA and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) agree that lead is harmful to health, especially…

Meetings of EPA NDWAC presents opportunities for companies and water systems to offer expert advice & ideas to federal government.

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently announced a meeting of the National Drinking Water Advisory Council (NDWAC) on December 6 & 7.   The NDWAC was established under the Safe Drinking Water Act of 1974. Congress created the NDWAC to provide advice, information, and recommendations on matters related to activities, functions, policies, and regulations of…

Impacts on Agriculture in U.S. – China Quest for Dominance in Artificial Intelligence (AI)

From the historical perspective the U.S. agriculture industry generally understands that it often bears the brunt of international trade disputes.  The current trade dispute imposed by the U.S. with multiple trading partners is no exception. However with farm income down 52%, the longevity of continued support from farm constituencies of this particular trade dispute is…

What Can Possibly Be Accomplished During 2018 Lame Duck Session of Congress?

Congress left many issues undone for the 16-days scheduled in the legislative calendar after the 2018 midterm elections, known as the lame duck session of Congress. Below are some of those remaining issues. FY 2019 Appropriations Bill Congress enacted 5 (of the total 12) annual FY 2019 appropriations bills prior to the beginning of the…

Farm Bill 201?

The Chairmen and Ranking Members of the House and Senate Agriculture Committees, Senator Pat Roberts (R-KS), Congressman Mike Conaway (R-TX),  Senator Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) and Congressman Collin Peterson (D-MN) are the principle negotiators on merging the two versions of the 5-year Farm Bill.  Known as the “Big 4”  they (and their staff) have been meeting…

Congress Adopts Major Water Legislation: $4.4 billion Authorized for State Drinking Water Revolving Loan Fund

On September 13 the U.S. House of Representatives adopted the House Amendment to S. 3021, The America’s Infrastructure Act of 2018.  S.3021 passed the U.S. Senate earlier on September 4.  The House Amendment to S. 3021 is a bicameral and bipartisan compromise on components of three major pieces of water legislation, namely the House and…

Share