NATIONAL WATER SUPPLY ALLIANCE
NWSA is actively engaged with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers leadership and water supply experts on improving Corps regulatory and administrative requirements and processes. NWSA is focused on developing reasonable approaches to water supply rules that comply with Corps statutory authorities while providing certainty and responsiveness for water supply providers and other partners.
Most recently NWSA and our members have been actively involved in discussions on the Corps' proposed water supply rule (Docket No. COE-2016-0016) since it was first published in December of 2016. This process has included multiple discussions with the Corps about aspects of the rule of importance to water supply providers. NWSA continues to work with the Corps to solve water supply challenges under its purview. For more information, please visit the Advocacy subpage Water Supply Rule.
In addition to the proposed Corps Water Supply Rule, NWSA members are examining ways to improve permitting programs administered by multiple agencies that often add significant costs and delays to the construction of water supply projects. Examples include Section 404 and 408 permits.
NWSA continues to support the efforts of Congress in shaping legislation to strengthen water supply management and policy. NWSA is quickly establishing itself as the voice of water supply on Capitol Hill and with the Executive Branch.
NWSA identifies priority policy objectives to pursue on Capitol Hill, to serve both short-term and long-term goals. Many of these priorities may be addressed through the Water Resources Development Act and related bills, while other issues might be considered in appropriation bills or stand-alone legislation. NWSA will inform and educate members of Congress and staff about these key issues. For more information on NWSA's current WRDA-related proposals, please visit the Advocacy subpage WRDA 2020.
In addition, NWSA stands ready to serve as a resource for members of Congress and authorization Committees on policy issues related to the federal government's role in water supply.