American Water Works Association (AWWA) to Testify Before Congress on Protecting Water Sources From Agricultural Run-Off

Testimony comes as water utility leaders from throughout United States meet

this week with members of Congress



Apr 16, 2007, 01:00 ET from American Water Works Association

    WASHINGTON, April 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Water professionals
 from across the United States will gather on Capitol Hill April 17-18 to
 raise critical water issues with Congressional lawmakers during the
 American Water Works Association's (AWWA) Water Matters! Fly-In.
     In addition to hundreds of Congressional visits that will occur over
 the two days, Wiley Stem, assistant city manager of the City of Waco,
 Texas, will testify April 19 on AWWA's behalf before the House
 Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources. AWWA's
 testimony will address the impact of pollution run-off from agriculture
 supplies on drinking water, urging Congress to:
       -- Enforce the Clean Water Act and other environmental statutes that
          protect source water from pollution.  AWWA will urge Congress to
          oppose attempts to remove phosphorus and other constituents of animal
          waste from coverage under Superfund, which can serve as an important
          tool of enforcement.
 
       -- Develop more effective nonpoint source pollution programs.  AWWA will
          encourage Congress to support reasonable, cost-effective programs
          that curb pollution and include input from entities that manage
          watersheds.
 
       -- Expand the conservation programs in the comprehensive Farm Bill.
          AWWA will ask Congress to make the protection of drinking water
          supplies a top priority in the Farm Bill expected to pass this
          summer.
     "The best way to protect our precious source water supplies is to work
 together to prevent pollution," said AWWA Executive Director Jack Hoffbuhr.
 "We hope to encourage a cooperative approach to agricultural run-off
 challenges that recognizes our common obligation to care for our water
 supplies."
     The delegation of more than 100 water professionals will meet with
 nearly 400 Congressional offices. Among the issues delegates will address
 with members of Congress are:
       -- Reauthorize and significantly expand the Drinking Water State
          Revolving Fund: An expansion of the Drinking Water State Revolving
          Fund will assist drinking water and wastewater utilities around the
          country in addressing needed infrastructure repair and replacement
          costs.
 
       -- Appropriate adequate funds in the fiscal year 2008 for important
          drinking water programs: AWWA will ask for appropriations to support
          critical water research, the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, the
          Clean Water Act State Revolving Fund, security information resources
          and Public Water Supply Supervision grants to states.
     "We look forward to a productive exchange of views with our lawmakers
 through the testimony opportunity and Congressional visits," said Jack
 Hoffbuhr, AWWA Executive Director. "The issues that we are bringing to
 Washington affect every resident of this country and will have a lasting
 impact on the public health and safety."
     AWWA is the authoritative resource for knowledge, information, and
 advocacy to improve the quality and supply of water in North America and
 beyond. AWWA is the largest organization of water professionals in the
 world. AWWA advances public health, safety and welfare by uniting the
 efforts of the full spectrum of the entire water community. Through our
 collective strength we become better stewards of water for the greatest
 good of the people and the environment.
 
 

SOURCE American Water Works Association
    WASHINGTON, April 16 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Water professionals
 from across the United States will gather on Capitol Hill April 17-18 to
 raise critical water issues with Congressional lawmakers during the
 American Water Works Association's (AWWA) Water Matters! Fly-In.
     In addition to hundreds of Congressional visits that will occur over
 the two days, Wiley Stem, assistant city manager of the City of Waco,
 Texas, will testify April 19 on AWWA's behalf before the House
 Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources. AWWA's
 testimony will address the impact of pollution run-off from agriculture
 supplies on drinking water, urging Congress to:
       -- Enforce the Clean Water Act and other environmental statutes that
          protect source water from pollution.  AWWA will urge Congress to
          oppose attempts to remove phosphorus and other constituents of animal
          waste from coverage under Superfund, which can serve as an important
          tool of enforcement.
 
       -- Develop more effective nonpoint source pollution programs.  AWWA will
          encourage Congress to support reasonable, cost-effective programs
          that curb pollution and include input from entities that manage
          watersheds.
 
       -- Expand the conservation programs in the comprehensive Farm Bill.
          AWWA will ask Congress to make the protection of drinking water
          supplies a top priority in the Farm Bill expected to pass this
          summer.
     "The best way to protect our precious source water supplies is to work
 together to prevent pollution," said AWWA Executive Director Jack Hoffbuhr.
 "We hope to encourage a cooperative approach to agricultural run-off
 challenges that recognizes our common obligation to care for our water
 supplies."
     The delegation of more than 100 water professionals will meet with
 nearly 400 Congressional offices. Among the issues delegates will address
 with members of Congress are:
       -- Reauthorize and significantly expand the Drinking Water State
          Revolving Fund: An expansion of the Drinking Water State Revolving
          Fund will assist drinking water and wastewater utilities around the
          country in addressing needed infrastructure repair and replacement
          costs.
 
       -- Appropriate adequate funds in the fiscal year 2008 for important
          drinking water programs: AWWA will ask for appropriations to support
          critical water research, the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, the
          Clean Water Act State Revolving Fund, security information resources
          and Public Water Supply Supervision grants to states.
     "We look forward to a productive exchange of views with our lawmakers
 through the testimony opportunity and Congressional visits," said Jack
 Hoffbuhr, AWWA Executive Director. "The issues that we are bringing to
 Washington affect every resident of this country and will have a lasting
 impact on the public health and safety."
     AWWA is the authoritative resource for knowledge, information, and
 advocacy to improve the quality and supply of water in North America and
 beyond. AWWA is the largest organization of water professionals in the
 world. AWWA advances public health, safety and welfare by uniting the
 efforts of the full spectrum of the entire water community. Through our
 collective strength we become better stewards of water for the greatest
 good of the people and the environment.
 
 SOURCE American Water Works Association