There's a lot going on "Out In NWRA Country"!
NWRA Supports SRF Funding
On Thursday, NWRA joined over twenty organizations in sending a letter to the leadership of the congressional appropriations committees supporting full funding of the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (SRFs). Appropriators are currently negotiating the final FY24 appropriations packages with an expectation of completing their work in the coming weeks. The House version cut over a $1.7 billion in funding from the SRFs, whereas the Senate maintained current funding levels.
House Holds ESA Hearing
On Wednesday, the House Resources Subcommittee on Water, Wildlife, and Fisheries held a legislative hearing to discuss four pieces of legislation related to the Endangered Species Act (ESA), including the ESA Flexibility Act (H.R. 6784), introduced by Rep. Peter Stauber (R-MN). H.R. 6784 would provide the Secretary of the Interior and the Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS) greater flexibility in administering the Endangered Species Act (ESA). A complete recap of the hearing can be found here in a memo drafted by the National Endangered Species Act Reform Coalition (NESARC), of which NWRA is a member.
Remembering Commissioner Robert W. Johnson
NWRA and the Western Water community mourn the loss of Robert W. Johnson, former Bureau of Reclamation Commissioner, NWRAExecutive Vice President, and thereafter long-time NWRA board member. Commissioner Johnson was a respected friend and leader who leaves behind an impressive and lasting legacy. Read more....
NWRA Attends Montana Annual Conference
The week of February 4, the Montana Water Resources Association held their Annual Conference in Fairmont, MT. Attendees heard from a variety of speakers that covered issues such as ground & surface water research; aquatic invasive species; WOTUS; system modernization; and the latest priorities from state and federal agencies. NWRA Executive Vice President, Dale Nellor, spoke during the Thursday evening banquet where he provided an update on the latest activities in Washington DC and at NWRA.
2023 NWRA Award Recipients
The water community is made up of thousands of dedicated professionals working to secure water for present and future generations. Among this community there are those who are particularly dedicated to the cause of sustaining this precious resource. The National Water Resources Association (NWRA) maintains an Awards and Recognition program to periodically honor such individuals. These are the awards that were bestowed during NWRA's November, 2023 Annual Conference and Leadership Forum.
Distinguished Service Award
Samantha Barncastle Salopek
Lifetime Acheivement Award
James Broderick | Rick Dieker | Charles Freeman | David Reynolds
Water Statesman Award
Tanya Trujillo | Keil Weaver
James W. Trull President's Award