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March 26, 2009

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) publicly released its fourth Drinking Water needs assessment today. The purpose of the Assessment is to document the 20-year capital investment needs of public water systems that are eligible to receive Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) funding.

March 26, 2009
Texas Comptroller Susan Combs recently issued a report entitled Liquid Assets: The State of Texas' Water Resources. This comprehensive report evaluates the progress Texas is making in securing water resources for the future and information on the current status of water management strategies. According to the Texas Water Development Board demand for water will increase 27 percent by 2060 and if demand is not met it could cost businesses and workers in the state approximately $9.1 billion per year by 2010 and $98.4 billion per year by 2060.
March 26, 2009
“We’ve got a lot of work to do and we’re getting ready to do it,” Governor Joe Manchin told CAWV members and legislators Thursday.  The governor was the keynote speaker at a March 12 legislative reception sponsored by the Contractors Association of West Virginia and WV American Water Company.  Nearly 100 legislators, governmental officials and CAWV members attended the function held at the Embassy Suites Hotel in Charleston.
March 26, 2009
Carolina's AGC and UNC TV create public awareness about North Carolinas water infrastructure with new documentary with the help AGC members and a grant from Penn State Public Broadcasting.
March 26, 2009
Newly elected AGC of America Vice President Kris Young, President and CEO of Miller the Driller located in Des Moines, Iowa was recently interviewed by NPR during the AGC Convention.
March 26, 2009
On March 17-20, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) held a series of public hearings on Crane and Derricks in Construction. Several AGC members provided testimony on March 19, including Art Daniel (AR Daniel Construction Services, Inc.), Mitch White (Manson Construction), Randy Rogers (Williams Brothers Construction) , and Richard Voorhees (Weeks Marine, Inc.).
March 26, 2009
The U.S. EPA released two memorandums in March to the EPA Regional Managers regarding  how the EPA will manage stimulus funds including what types of projects qualify, how new Davis Bacon requirements will impact programs and other administrative issues. This information and more can be accessed on http://www.epa.gov/recovery/. Files can also be directly accessed with the following links:
March 26, 2009
On March 18, 2009 the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment  held a hearing on how municipalities can combat Combined Sewer Overflows (CSO),  the viability of "Green Infrastructure" to address stormwater runoff, and current approaches and developing technologies to combat CSO's.
March 26, 2009
On March 12, 2009, The U.S. House of Representatives approved a bill to reauthorize two federal programs that provide financing for wastewater infrastructure upgrades, repair and reconstruction.  The vote was 317 to 101 in support of H.R. 1262, the Water Quality Investment Act of 2009. 
March 26, 2009
On March 11, 2009 President Obama quietly signed into law the $410 billion Omnibus Appropriations Act for FY 2009, officially completing work on last year’s budget process.  The Senate approved the bill late Tuesday, after delaying the vote on final passage for several days due to concerns over whether there were sufficient votes in the Senate to pass the bill and forcing Congress to enact a short-term resolution to fund the government through mid-week. 

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