AWWA is pleased to report that today U.S. Congress passed a Farm Bill that contains each of the Association’s legislative priorities, including committing $4 billion dollars over the next 10 years to conservation practices that protect sources of drinking water. Among the key elements in the bill’s Conservation Title are: • An emphasis on source water protection through all Farm Bill conservation programs; • 10% of Natural Resources Conservation Service conservation funding directed toward source water protection, an incredible total of $4 billion over the next ten years; • Authorization for water utilities to work with State technical committees in identifying priority areas in each state; and • Additional incentives for farmers who employ practices that benefit source waters. AWWA issued a press release today applauding U.S. Congress for passing the bill. For a summary of the issues addressed in the Farm Bill, see AWWA’s whiteboard explainer on the issue. Friday’s Water Utility Insider will carry additional details. Congratulations to all AWWA members who helped earn this signature legislative victory that will help protect source water for many years to come.