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Section Director's Message

Tuesday, February 23, 2016   (0 Comments)
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Scott Paxman — Weber Basin Water Conservancy District

Director’s Report

We all have our fingers crossed for a decent snowpack this winter. It has been acceptable, but not outstanding. We seem to just be hovering around “normal” snowpack.

 

News from the Association: 

WIFIA Fix in Transportation Bill

House and Senate negotiators finally worked out a version of their surface transportation bill a provision that addressed an important flaw in the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA).

Termed the so-called “WIFIA fix” this provision has removed the existing ban on the use of tax-exempt bonds in combination with WIFIA financed loans. The surface transportation bill passed both houses of Congress in late December.

 

New Membership Fee Structure

At the AWWA Winter Board meeting the Board and association staff looked at several options of simplifying the fee structure so that the confusion level would be reduced. There were many options that simplified the structure but reduced the overall revenue to the Association, which was not an acceptable outcome. A revised membership fee structure was discussed that would eliminate the points system, but would include all of the advantages that the points system offered for each category.  Depending on which level of agency you belong to, the membership fee would include a number of user licenses for the Standards and an increased number of individual memberships. The final version with all of the changes are expected later this year.

 

The Water Equation

Help build a better world through better water. Become part of “The Water Equation”, which is Knowledge + Sharing = Transformation.

The Water Equation focuses AWWA's considerable talents and resources on meeting the ever-growing need for pure drinking water and efficient wastewater treatment systems, and to address the critical shortage of skilled water professionals and operators. Now you can contribute to the World's Largest Water Education Scholarship Fund that provides financial assistance to undergraduate and graduate students in water-related fields and to system operators who want to add to their skill sets through conferences and courses. Investing in students and young professionals is critical for the future of the water profession. We'll help them achieve their professional dreams and give water and sanitation businesses a direct pipeline to the brightest rising stars and the leaders of tomorrow.

 

It's no simple problem, but like all equations, we can solve it – with your help. Donate to The Water Equation campaign today to keep water knowledge flowing, now and in the future. Go on-line to learn more about the great program and see how your donation can help.

 

The Intermountain Section of AWWA is full of enthusiastic and involved members. We appreciate all you do. Keep up the great work.

 

 

 

WIFIA Fix in Transportation Bill

House and Senate negotiators finally worked out a version of their surface transportation bill a provision that addressed an important flaw in the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA).

Termed the so-called “WIFIA fix” this provision has removed the existing ban on the use of tax-exempt bonds in combination with WIFIA financed loans. The surface transportation bill passed both houses of Congress in late December.

 

New Membership Fee Structure

At the AWWA Winter Board meeting the Board and association staff looked at several options of simplifying the fee structure so that the confusion level would be reduced. There were many options that simplified the structure but reduced the overall revenue to the Association, which was not an acceptable outcome. A revised membership fee structure was discussed that would eliminate the points system, but would include all of the advantages that the points system offered for each category.  Depending on which level of agency you belong to, the membership fee would include a number of user licenses for the Standards and an increased number of individual memberships. The final version with all of the changes are expected later this year.

 

The Water Equation

Help build a better world through better water. Become part of “The Water Equation”, which is Knowledge + Sharing = Transformation.

The Water Equation focuses AWWA's considerable talents and resources on meeting the ever-growing need for pure drinking water and efficient wastewater treatment systems, and to address the critical shortage of skilled water professionals and operators. Now you can contribute to the World's Largest Water Education Scholarship Fund that provides financial assistance to undergraduate and graduate students in water-related fields and to system operators who want to add to their skill sets through conferences and courses. Investing in students and young professionals is critical for the future of the water profession. We'll help them achieve their professional dreams and give water and sanitation businesses a direct pipeline to the brightest rising stars and the leaders of tomorrow.

 


It's no simple problem, but like all equations, we can solve it – with your help. Donate to The Water Equation campaign today to keep water knowledge flowing, now and in the future. Go on-line to learn more about the great program and see how your donation can help.

 

The Intermountain Section of AWWA is full of enthusiastic and involved members. We appreciate all you do. Keep up the great work.

 

 


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