SOUTH DAKOTA ASSOCIATION OF RURAL WATER SYSTEMS
NRWA RURAL WATER RALLY
FEBRUARY 4-6, 2019
Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill
400 New Jersey Ave. NW
Washington, DC 20001
Hotel Direct: 202-737-1234
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.
Oklahoma Congressman Tom Cole
Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack
Senator Mike Rounds - Rally 2016
Dennis N. Davis and Senator John Thune
Senator John Thune and Larry Wasland
Senator John Thune and Ron Gillen
Congresswoman Kristi Noem
SDARWS Rally Participants 2016
1 - 10
TENTATIVE 2019 SCHEDULE:
MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4
1:00 PM - 5:30 PM – Registration (Hyatt)
2:30 PM - 4:30 PM – US Capitol Tour (511 Dirksen)
5:30 PM - 6:30 PM – Welcome Social (Hyatt)
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 5
7:30 AM - 11:30 AM – Registration (Hyatt)
8:00 AM - 9:30 AM – Opening Session (Hyatt)
3:00 PM - Meeting with Senator Thune (511 Dirksen)
3:45 PM – Meeting with Senator Rounds (502 Hart)
6:00 PM – Group dinner at the Monocle
WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 6
12:00 PM - 1:30 PM – Lunch & Water Taste Test Finals (Hyatt)
5:00 PM - 6:30 PM – NRWA Social (Hyatt)
This is not the complete schedule.
Meetings will be added as they are confirmed.
NRWA & SDARWS PRIORITY INITIATIVES (2019)
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.
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
203 W. Center Street | PO Box 287
Madison, SD 57042
605.556.7219 (p) | 605.556.1497 (f)
301 Seaton Circle | PO Box 815
Spearfish, SD 57783
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