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FEMA Assistance Deadline Extension for Small Water Utilities 

September 29th, 2017

 

USDA – Rural Utility Services (RUS) has confirmed an extension for small water utilities impacted by Hurricane Harvey that are requesting assistance from FEMA. The original deadline was September 23, 30 days after the disaster declaration was approved. Requests for FEMA Public Assistance Grants are now being considered on a county by county basis, and could have an extension of up to 60 days. Systems are encouraged to consult with the Texas Division of Emergency Management (TDEM) for extension or to find out the new deadline for their county. Additionally, impacted utilities with RUS loads should contact their state USDA – Rural Development office to resolve any payment delays in a manner that it does not impact their future in borrowing needs.  RUS has several options to delay payment If necessary.

 


Green Valley SUD wins 1926(b) case before the Federal 5th Circuit Court of Appeals

August 2nd, 2017

 

This case is a big win for rural systems in two ways.  First, the court continues to uphold the North Alamo decision standard that "[w]here a CCN imposes a duty on a utility to provide a service, that utility has 'provided or made available' that service under §1926(b)."  Second, the court held that a loan that is acquired for water utility service also protects the utility's sewer CCN.  In this case, Green Valley sought to protect their sewer CCN from encroachment by the City of Cibolo which sought single certification of a portion of Green Valley's sewer CCN under Section 13.255 of the Water Code.  Green Valley has federal debt that they incurred for their water utility, but none for their sewer utility.  The court ruled that the debt protects both.

 

View the opinion here

 


TRWA Board Director Testifies before U.S. House Committee on Agriculture

On Wednesday, July 19, TRWA Vice President Brian Macmanus represented TRWA and the National Rural Water Association during a public hearing before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Agriculture. The topic of the hearing was "The State of Rural Infrastructure in America" and Macmanus delivered invited testimony on behalf of rural water and wasttewater systems across America! You can read his full testimony by clicking here, or view the full hearing by clicking here

 


TCEQ to Hold Regional Stakeholder Meetings Regarding Watermaster Evaluation for River Basins

Under Texas Water Code Section 11.326(g), the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality (TCEQ) must evaluate river basins without watermasters every five ears to determine whether a watermaster should be appointed. In 2017, the TCEQ is evaluating the Upper Brazos River, San Jacinto-Brazos Coastal, Brazos-Colorado Coastal, Colorado River, and the Colorado-Lavaca Coastal Basins. Stakeholder input is an important part of this process and the TCEQ will be taking public comment through 5 pm on June 30, 2017. 

These meetings will be held at the following locations:

  • May 30 - Abiline - West Central Texas Council of Governments
  • May 31 - Levelland - Mallet Event Center
  • June 1 - Big Spring - Dora Roberts Community Center
  • June 6 - San Angelo - Concho Valley Council of Governments
  • June 7 - San Saba - San Saba High School Cafeteria
  • June 8 - Waco - City of Waco Operations Center
  • June 13 - Boling - Boling Community Center
  • June 14 - Rosenberg - Brazos Crossing Administrative Building
  • June 15 - Fredericksburg - Hill Country University Center

More information can be found on TCEQ's website by clicking here

 


TWDB opens 2017 SWIFT funding cycle

The Texas Water Development Board (TWDB) has opened the 2017 funding cycle of the State Water Implementation Fund for Texas (SWIFT) program as of Thursday, Dec. 1. Applications are due no later than Feb. 3, 2017. SWIFT was established in 2013 by voters and the Texas Legislature to fund state water plan projects. It was created through the one-time transfer of $2 billion from the state's Rainy Day Fund. That $2 billion will be leveraged with revenue bonds over the next 50 years, financing approximately $27 billion in water supply projects. Click here for more information and applications. 

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