|NGWA joined more than 200 organizations in sending a letter to President Donald Trump urging him to address the priorities of rural communities when putting together an infrastructure package.
President Trump campaigned on investing $1 trillion in infrastructure. However, specifics about where and how that money will be allocated are still being developed.
The importance of rural communities will be reinforced at the 2017 NGWA Groundwater Fly-In, where advocates will urge Congress to include water needs in any infrastructure package, including dedicated funding for small communities.
Timing on a major infrastructure package continues to delay with some estimating 2018 as the earliest a package could pass. Efforts to repeal the Affordable Care Act and pass comprehensive tax reform will take precedence on Capitol Hill.
The broad and diverse interests represented by the letter will put pressure on the Trump administration to consider the needs of rural communities, which are more often reliant on wells and well systems.