NRWA RURAL WATER RALLY

FEBRUARY 5-7, 2018

 

HOTEL INFORMATION:

Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill

400 New Jersey Ave. NW

Washington, DC 20001

Hotel Direct: 202-7373-1234

The National Rural Water Rally is a grassroots lobbying effort which brings together hundreds of rural water supporters from around the United States and puts them in direct contact with the people who make things happen in DC. This event gives us an opportunity to gain valuable insight into national issues that affect South Dakota, and to meet with the many rural water decision-makers and supporters from around the nation. This grassroots movement has always been the hallmark of our efforts and the benchmark of our success.

CLICK HERE FOR 2017 RALLY INFORMATION BOOKLET

NRWA & SDARWS PRIORITY INITIATIVES (2017)

USDA Circuit Riders

Circuit Riders provide the primary assistance to small communities to operate safe and clean drinking water supplies—and comply with water regulations. This assistance protects the sizeable investment the federal government has made in rural water infrastructure. Circuit Riders are in the field everyday helping systems with compliance, operations, maintenance, management, and training.

 

USDA Farm Service Agency Grassroots Source Water Protection

This is the only statewide local community-based initiative ensuring environmentally progressive local land-use decision without the controversy and bureaucracy of regulatory programs. It provides each state with one full-time person to organize and assist rural communities, farmers, and other land-use interests in the implementation of source water protection plans including non-point source (runoff) protection practices in agriculture regions. This initiative allows the people who benefit from environmental protection to take responsibility for achieving it—ensuring its success and eliminating local controversy.

 

USDA Rural Utilities Service Water and Waste Disposal Loans and Grants

Small communities often have difficulty providing safe, affordable drinking water and sanitation due to limited economies of scale and lack of technical expertise. Rural communities often have lower median household incomes and higher water rates compared to larger communities. To overcome this, rural communities have turned to USDA water loans and grants to construct water and wastewater infrastructure through loans provided at reasonable rates and terms. Without this assistance, many could not construct new systems, expand existing ones, or comply with mandates.

 

EPA Safe Drinking Water Act Assistance

Small and rural communities rely on local/on-site technical assistance and training for compliance with the myriad of federal EPA regulations, avoiding EPA fines, and operating drinking water and wastewater supplies. According to small and rural communities, this EPA funded local initiative is the most effective environmental protection efforts for drinking water & wastewater, ground water, source water, and compliance with the Safe Drinking Water Act and Clean Water Act. Small communities want to ensure quality water and stay in compliance—rural water provides them the shared technical resources to do it. Next year, the need for rural water assistance will greatly increase with the expansion of federal water regulations.

 

EPA State Revolving Funds

Provide low-interest and subsidized funding to communities to comply with federal water standards.

 

No Earmarks

All rural water priorities are authorized in the Farm Bill, the Safe Drinking Water Act, or the Clean Water Act. They are not earmarks.

CORPORATE SPONSORS OF SOUTH DAKOTA RURAL WATER

Office Hours: M-F 8:00am - 4:30pm

MADISON OFFICE

203 W. Center Street | PO Box 287

Madison, SD 57042

605.556.7219 (p) | 605.556.1497 (f)

SPEARFISH OFFICE

301 Seaton Circle | PO Box 815

Spearfish, SD 57783

605.642.4031 (p/f)

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