MOWPA/NOWRA News


 

11/21 – NOWRA News – Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act

After months of negotiations, President Biden signed the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (H.R. 3684) into law on November 15, 2021. While the bill would extend surface transportation programs for 5 years, additional funding would be authorized for energy, water, and broadband infrastructure. Of particular interest to NOWRA members is the inclusion of language that will create the first dedicated EPA grant program for decentralized systems—the Decentralized Wastewater Grant Program. 
 
Section 50208 of HR 3684 authorizes $50 million of funding for each of the Fiscal Years 2022 – 2026, for a total of $250 million. Eligible households can receive grants up to $15,000. The funds can be used by households “for the construction, repair, or replacement of an individual household decentralized wastewater treatment system.” Funds can also be used “for the installation of a larger decentralized wastewater system designed to provide treatment for 2 or more households.”
 
The NOWRA Board of Governors and our government relations team in Washington, D.C. have been working with bipartisan congressional champions in the House and Senate to enact this program for several years, and we are all excited to see these efforts bear fruit. In June, NOWRA members from across the country also participated in a virtual advocacy day on Capitol Hill asking lawmakers to support the Decentralized Wastewater Grant Program. We thank all the NOWRA members that participated in this year’s advocacy day. Your collective voices helped make a difference and pushed Congress to pass this legislation.
 
The EPA will now begin the process of drafting new rules and regulations to implement this grant program. NOWRA will remain in communication with our partners at the Agency to ensure the program best serves homeowners who rely on decentralized wastewater systems; as well as those who serve and supply them.

01/21

Tom Groves has been named the new Executive Director of NOWRA. Press Release image is below:


04/20

Onsite Installer- Is Snowplowing Worth it?An article in which MOWPA Board Member, Eddie Harrison, is featured. Also he made the cover too!


08/19/19

MOWPA had great success at this year’s summer MACo Conference. Board members were able to engage with elected officials, department head’s, citizens, etc. to help with our mission of providing education for our industry. They were all engaged and excited to learn more.


11/14/18

Please fill out the link for the survey below that was mentioned during Andy Lazur’s presentation at the conference. He is looking for additional ideas for displays that you think would help the quality of education and training opportunities at the site for which MOWPA will be using as our training center in the future.

Survey Link – https://ume.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eLhbT0rif3pj3Ct

*This survey was created by the UMD Extension Office. All questions/comments pertaining to this specific survey will be passed on to Andy Lazur.*


9/17/18

Check out this Proclamation from the State of Maryland that is is Septic Smart Week! Education and Outreach is a huge part of helping to bring awareness to the Onsite Wastewater Community and Initiatives.
 

For more information about this please go to https://www.epa.gov/septic/septicsmart-week


5/25/18

MOWPA President, Eddie Harrison, at the signing for HB 1765 (Watershed Implementation Plan Credits, BRF Uses, & Septic Stewardship Plans) earlier this month.


3/12/18

2018 Legislative Survey Results – MOWPA sent this survey about several proposed pieces of legislation brought up during the Maryland General Assembly Session 2018. 70 total responses from Members.


3/17

Onsite Installer – The Wastewater Industry Copes with Maryland Regulatory Flip Flop (March 2017) – An Interview with MOWPA’s Board Member Eddie Harrison.

 

04/20

Onsite Installer- Is Snowplowing Worth it?An article in which MOWPA Board Member, Eddie Harrison, is featured. Also he made the cover too!


08/19/19

MOWPA had great success at this year’s summer MACo Conference. Board members were able to engage with elected officials, department head’s, citizens, etc. to help with our mission of providing education for our industry. They were all engaged and excited to learn more.


11/14/18

Please fill out the link for the survey below that was mentioned during Andy Lazur’s presentation at the conference. He is looking for additional ideas for displays that you think would help the quality of education and training opportunities at the site for which MOWPA will be using as our training center in the future.

Survey Link – https://ume.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_eLhbT0rif3pj3Ct

*This survey was created by the UMD Extension Office. All questions/comments pertaining to this specific survey will be passed on to Andy Lazur.*


9/17/18

Check out this Proclamation from the State of Maryland that is is Septic Smart Week! Education and Outreach is a huge part of helping to bring awareness to the Onsite Wastewater Community and Initiatives.
 

For more information about this please go to https://www.epa.gov/septic/septicsmart-week


5/25/18

MOWPA President, Eddie Harrison, at the signing for HB 1765 (Watershed Implementation Plan Credits, BRF Uses, & Septic Stewardship Plans) earlier this month.


3/12/18

2018 Legislative Survey Results – MOWPA sent this survey about several proposed pieces of legislation brought up during the Maryland General Assembly Session 2018. 70 total responses from Members.


3/17

Onsite Installer – The Wastewater Industry Copes with Maryland Regulatory Flip Flop (March 2017) – An Interview with MOWPA’s Board Member Eddie Harrison.