ACWA strives to convey the shared perspective of state/interstate/territorial water quality agencies at the national level. We facilitate a dialogue between water quality agencies, as well as Congress and the Administration. ACWA’s work over the years has consistently furthered the specific interests of the federal/state partnership in developing and implementing water quality protection programs.
When the federal government – most importantly, the EPA – partners directly with states through ACWA, better regulations are drafted, superior policy is created, duplication is reduced, national consistency is improved, flexibility is gained, unintended consequences are avoided, greater certainty is realized, legal challenges are minimized, and, ultimately, the public is better served.
- The Funding and Congressional Affairs Committee actively monitors legislative developments related to the Clean Water Act and state water quality programs, including federal regulatory authority, state regulatory authority, the development of alternative funding mechanisms, and EPA budgetary cuts
- The Legal Affairs Committee brings together environmental legal practitioners from the public and private sectors with state water quality program staff to discuss and share information on the latest Clean Water Act (CWA) litigation and regulatory developments.
Additionally, our workgroups and committees:
- Track and inform ACWA members on federal budget and water infrastructure financing developments, including the forecast for Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act State Revolving Funds (SRFs), and the President’s budget requests.
- Discuss and share information the latest litigation impacting state water quality programs.