Earlier today, the U.S. Department of Agriculture announced it would invest nearly $75 million for 15 partner-led projects to address natural resource concerns on private lands. AWWA President Chi Ho Sham issued the following statement: “AWWA is grateful for USDA’s leadership in encouraging partnerships that protect our precious natural resources. As we observe Source Water Protection Week Sept. 26-Oct. 2, it’s heartening to see projects that support healthy forests and rivers within the $75 million investment. Protecting water at its source is the best way to assure safe and affordable drinking water supplies.” # # # Established in 1881, the American Water Works Association is the largest nonprofit, scientific and educational association dedicated to managing and treating water, the world’s most important resource. With approximately 50,000 members, AWWA provides solutions to improve public health, protect the environment, strengthen the economy and enhance our quality of life.