Portman Receives Clean Water Award

April 13, 2016 | Press Releases

Washington, D.C. –Today, Senator Rob Portman (R-Ohio) received the 2016 National Environmental Achievement Award for Federal Public Service from the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA). With this award, NACWA recognizes Senator Portman’s “leadership and support in ensuring that federal water quality policies impacting Great Lakes communities are based on sound science and ensure ratepayer investments lead to meaningful water quality improvements.” Portman released the following statement:

“I’m honored to receive this award. We can’t take access to clean water for granted. It requires the right policies, including making regulatory compliance more affordable for local communities, protecting Lake Erie, and making sure that what happened in Flint, Michigan, never happens again.”

NOTE: Senator Portman has long been a leader on issues related to promoting clean water.

  • Portman has worked tirelessly protect the Great Lakes, and protect access to clean water for communities across Ohio. Senator Portman helped lead efforts to reach agreement on the bipartisan Drinking Water Safety and Infrastructure Act with Democratic Senator Debbie Stabenow, Republican Jim Inhofe, and Democrat Gary Peters—legislation to address the water crisis in Flint, Michigan. It would provide funds to states to address the crisis, improve water infrastructure, and health programs to treat lead exposure. Furthermore, it requires the Environmental Protection Agency to notify the public of toxic lead levels within 15 days of it being detected.
  • He is the co-author, with Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown, of the Clean Water Compliance and Affordability Act, which would give greater flexibility to local communities in trying to comply with the federal Clean Water Act.
  • Senator Portman is the author of the Harmful Algal Bloom and Hypoxia Research and Control Amendments Act, which was signed into law by President Obama in 2014. This law prioritizes combatting algal blooms in the Great Lakes so that what happened to Toledo in 2014—with 500,000 people without drinking water—never happens again.
  • Senator Portman, as Vice-Chair of the Senate Great Lakes Task Force, helped secure $300 million in funding for the Great Lakes Initiative, a results-driven program to address ecological and economic threats to the Great Lakes basin.

NACWA represents the collective interests of America’s clean water utilities and is a

leading advocate for responsible national policies that advance clean water and a healthy environment. We are proud to count the Northeast Ohio Regional Sewer District; the Metropolitan Sewer District of Greater Cincinnati; Montgomery County Water Services; municipal utilities in the City of Toledo, the City of Sidney, the City of Lima, the City of Lebanon, the City of Dayton, the City of Columbus, the City of Canton, the City of Akron; and Avon Lake Regional Water among its members.