ACWA Executive Director Testifies in Congress by Will Holbert Apr 2, 2019 Water News Representing ACWA and the National Water Resources Association (NWRA), ACWA Executive Director Dave Eggerton today testified before Congress on the vital importance of including water in any infrastructure package. Eggerton appeared before members of the House Subcommittee on Water, Oceans, and Wildlife. In addition to testifying, Eggerton submitted written testimony to the Subcommittee, and wrote: “Water infrastructure need is not limited to steel and concrete. When discussing water infrastructure, we must also recognize that our nation’s forests are a critically important part of this network. Healthy forests are integral to healthy watersheds and the protection of water supplies.” Eggerton listed nine specific areas within a comprehensive approach to water infrastructure improvement, but also outlined strategies and financing options. These included municipal bonds, tax credit bonds and increased access to funding administered by the Bureau of Reclamation through the ACWA-supported Indian Water Rights Settlement Extension Act (H.R. 1904). Eggerton encouraged the Subcommittee and Congress to use this legislation to create a dedicated source of funds for water infrastructure. This could include a revolving loan program, matching grants and directing funding toward innovation and technology. However, Eggerton added that funding was only one part of the complex formula of upgrading the nation’s water infrastructure. “We encourage Congress to continue looking for opportunities to improve the federal permitting process by streamlining regulations, improving interagency coordination, providing greater transparency, and reducing unnecessary duplication,” Eggerton noted in his written remarks, highlighting bipartisan legislation introduced by Congressmen John Garamendi (D-3) and Ken Calvert (R-42) to extend National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Permits as an example.