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This week the National Association of Flood and Stormwater Management Agencies’ (NAFSMA) announced that its accepting nominations for the association's sixth Excellence in Communications Awards Program. The awards recognize public service and outreach work by local, regional, state and private agencies to educate the public about the protection of lives, property and economic activity from the adverse impacts of storm and flood waters.
On June 10, President Barack Obama signed the Water Resources Reform and Development Act (PL 113-121) into law, paving the way for a new approach to authorizing water resources development projects (as outlined in Section 7001 of new WRRDA law).
NAFSMA President Dusty Williams, General Manager and Chief Engineer for the Riverside County Flood Control and Water Conservation District, on June 11, 2014, testified on behalf of NAFSMA and the National Association of Counties (NACo) regarding the impacts of the proposed changes to the Clean Water Act’s definition of “Waters of the US”. 
On Tuesday, May 20th the House of Representatives overwhelmingly (412 to 4) approved the conference report for the Water Resources Reform and Development Act of 2014 (WRRDA).  The Senate is expected to act on the agreement by Thursday, May 22.  The White House is expected to sign the bill. Upon enactment, the WRRDA streamlines the project delivery process, promotes fiscal responsibility, and strengthens our water transportation networks to promote competitiveness, prosperity, and economic growth. 
Waters of the United States Proposed Rule Released
April 7 Webcast Announced on Waters of the U.S. Proposed Rule
NAFSMA Files Writ of Certiorari in LA County Stormwater Case
NAFSMA and U.S. EPA Sign Green Infrastructure MOU (click title to view PDF) NAFSMA and the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) signed a Memorandum of Understanding to support "implementation of low impact design (LID) and green infrastructure (GI) through joint education and outreach." The voluntary 5-year agreement was signed by NAFSMA President Dusty Williams on February 5, 2014.

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