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National and State Organizations and Programs Links

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External sites are not endorsed by NESC and are offered for information purposes only. Please click on the links below to see their designated pages. Links are listed in alphabetical order.

American Backflow and Prevention Association
A nonprofit organization that works to protect drinking water from contamination though cross connections.

American Council of Engineering Companies
Provides resources and education to member engineers working on drinking water projects.

American Ground Water Trust
Promotes public awareness of the environmental and economic importance of groundwater.

American Institute of Hydrology
A nonprofit scientific and educational organization that certifies professionals in all fields of hydrology.

American Public Health Association
A membership organization of public health professionals.

American Public Works Association
A member organization that conducts public work studies, surveys and research projects and provides education and training programs.

American Society of Civil Engineers
A member organization that helps improve the practice of civil engineering.

American Water Resources Association
A member association that works to advance interdisciplinary water resources research, planning, management, development, and education.

American Water Works Association
An international nonprofit scientific and educational society dedicated to the improvement of drinking water quality and supply.

American Water Works Association Research Foundation
The foudation is an international nonprofit organization that sponsors research in support of safe and affordable drinking water.

Association of Boards of Certification
Protects public health and the environment by improving and strengthening certification laws and promoting uniform certification qualifications, standards, and practices

Association of State and Interstate Water Pollution Control Administrators
Works to provide information exchange about surface and groundwater quality management.

Association of State Drinking Water Administrators

The professional association serving state drinking water programs.

Association of Water Technologies, Inc.
An international nonprofit association of independent firms that manage and treat water in industry and commerce

California Urban Water Conservation Council
Created to increase efficient water use statewide through partnerships among urban water agencies, public interest organizations, and private entities. The Council's goal is to integrate urban water conservation best management practices into the planning and management of California's water resources.

Clean Water Action
A national membership organization that works for clean drinking water and pollution prevention.

Community Reinvestment Fund
The Community Reinvestment Fund (CRF) is a national nonprofit organization established to provide capital through a secondary market to community development leaders in low-income communities. Lenders are typically nonprofit organizations or government agencies. Clients include cities, towns, states, Indian tribes, and nonprofit community development organizations. The site provides information about loan services and information for community development leaders, investors, and the public.

Council of Infrastructure Financing Authorities
A national, nonprofit organization of state and local authorities that provides loans and bonds for water and wastewater infrastructure and provides a communications network for information exchange.

Council of State Community Development Agencies
A national association that promotes states' interests for comprehensive community and economic development and serves as a liaison between states and federal agencies involved in community development.

Council of State Governments
A national organization that supports excellence in state government. They operate the interlibrary loan service, Integrated States Information System and the States Information Center, which handles information requests about water topics.

(Farmstead Assessment System/Home Assessment System)
Helps farmers and rural residents evaluate water pollution risks from structures and management practices and provides farm and ranch assessment.

Foundation for Cross-Connection Control and Hydraulic Research
Provides training courses and training to help those working in cross-connection control.

Foundation for Water Research
An independent, not-for-profit organization based in England that shares information about water, wastewater and related environmental issues.

Freshwater Society
A nonprofit organization that works to motivate people to manage fresh water resources for sustained use.

Government Finance Officers Association
A nonprofit association that helps establish uniformity in state and local government accounting practices.

Ground Water Adventures
A children's Web site designed to make learning about groundwater fun with puzzles, experiments, and more.

Groundwater Foundation
A nonprofit organization that educates and motivates people to care about and for groundwater.

Ground Water Protection Council
A nonprofit organization of state and federal groundwater agencies, industry representatives, and environmentalists who work toward protecting groundwater supplies.

Institute for Tribal Environmental Professionals
Helps Indian tribes manage their environmental resources through training and education.

International Bottled Water Association
A trade organization that works to increase bottled water use.

International City/County Management Association
Promotes excellence in local government through professional management.

International Private Water Association, Inc.
A nonprofit corporation that promotes opportunities for private water project development and investment.

International Water Resources Association
Seeks to improve water resources and management worldwide throuugh dialogue, education, and research.

Lifewater Canada
Provides Canadian organizations with the training they need to have safe drinking water.

League of Women Voters
Whether you're interested in voter information, civic participation, or current public policy issues such as election reform, campaign finance reform and health care, then this Web site is one you'll want to see.

Local Government Environmental Assistance Network
Provides environmental management, planning, funding, and regulatory information for local government elected and appointed officials, managers, and staff

National Association of Counties
Provides research and reference services for county officials and represents county governments in national government.

National Association of County and City Health Officials
A nonprofit, membership organization that helps promote excellence in public health practices and promotes partnerships between local, state, and federal agencies.

National Association of Development Organizations
A public interest group working to assure that all rural people have equal access to job opportunities and quality of life comparable to other Americans.

National Association of Environmental Professionals
Promotes standards and code of ethics among environmental professionals and maintains a network of contacts and information among those in industry, government, academia, and the private sector.

National Association of Home Builders
A trade association that provides a network of services to meet local, state, and national needs of home and commerical builders.

National Association of Local Government Environmental Professionals
Member organization that helps professionals manage environmental issues on behalf of local governments.

National Association of Regional Councils
Provides opportunities for private and civic organizations interested in regional planning, development, and governing issues.

National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners
A nonprofit organization that represents all the state public utility commissioners who regulate communications, electric, natural gas, and water companies

National Association of Towns and Townships
A nonprofit association of local government officials and others organized to strengthen U.S. town, townships, and small communities and to promote their interests.

National Association of Water Companies
A nonprofit trade association that serves the private and investor-owned water utility industry in the U.S

National Center for Small Communities
A national, nonprofit organization devoted to serving the leaders of America's smaller communities with training and skills to expand local economies, protect natural resources, and to preserve community character

National Congress of American Indians
A private nonprofit membership organization that advocates for Native American tribes' and individual's rights and works for environmental protection and natural resource management.

National Council for Public-Private Partnerships
A nonprofit association that explores ways for private and public sectors to work together to provide public services and to develop, finance, and implement infrastructure and community facilities.

National Environmental Directory
Lists more than 13,000 organizations in the United States concerned with environmental issues and environmental education.

National Environmental Education and Training Foundation
Helps America meet national challenges through environmental learning provided through partnerships with federal and state agencies, corporations, and nonprofit organizations.

National Environmental, Safety, and Health Training Association
An international association of specialists who design, deliver, and manage environmental, health, and safety training. 

National Governors Association
Represents governors at the national level, informing the federal government of states' needs and views.

National Ground Water Association
The National Groundwater Association (NGWA) is a nonprofit organization composed of U.S. and international groundwater professionals, including contractors, equipment manufacturers, suppliers, scientists, and engineers. NGWA is dedicated to advancing groundwater knowlege, and its vision is to be the leading groundwater association that advocates the responsible development, management and use of water.

National League of Cities
A member program that advances public interest and community building by strengthening performance and capabilities of local governments.

National Library for the Environment
An information program sponsored by the National Council for Science and the Environment, a science-based organization that does not take positions on environmental issues.

Their online library includes directories of academic environmental programs, journals, funding sources, job opportunities, news sources, reports, reference materials, laws and treaties, and more.

National Rural Water Association
A nonprofit federation of state rural water associations that provides support services to more than 22,000 member water and wastewater systems.
Click here to reach their state associations page.

National Tribal Environmental Council
A tribal membership organization that enhances each tribe's ability to protect, preserve, and promote the wise management of air, land, and water.

Native American Water Association
Provides tribal water and wastewater operators, managers, administrators, utility commissions and tribal councils with training and technical assistance.

National Water Resources Association
A nonprofit membership federation concerned with the management, conservation, and beneficial use of water and land resources.

National Watershed Coalition
The NWC is made up of national, regional, state, and local organizations, associations, and individuals that advocate dealing with natural rsource problems and issues using watersheds for the planning and implementation.

Their site contains information about upcoming events, legislative alerts, watershed budget and program information, frequently asked questions, and the quarterly Watershed News newsletter.

W.K. Kellogg Collection of Rural Community Development Resources
Seven categories of information are included in this site: community development, strategic planning, telecommunications/education, leadership development, economic development, land use/natural resources, and healthcare.

Navajo Nation Safe Drinking Water Website
This Navajo Nation Web site provides information about its Public Water Systems Supervision Program (PWSSP), which is administered under the Surface and Groundwater Protection Department of the of the Navajo Nation Environmental Protection Agency. The PWSSP provides technical assistance to owners/operators with the goal of achieving compliance in tribal public water systems.

NSF International
An independent, not-for-profit organization providing a wide range of services around the world.

Public Health Onlline
Find Your Career. Help Your Community. Public health professionals use finely tuned knowledge and skills to improve health and wellness in communities across the United States. Learn how you can make a difference.

Project Wet
Promotes water resources awareness, appreciation, knowledge, and stewardship through the development of classroom-ready teaching aids and state-sponsored Project WET programs.

The Rensselaerville Institute
The think tank with muddy boots where outcome thinking and practice meet challenges, such as bringing drinking water to distressed communities, turning around low-performing schools, and moving individuals from welfare to work.

River Network
Supports grassroots river and watershed conservation groups. Their site is designed to link activists with information and services they need.

The Rocky Mountain Institute
A nonprofit research and educational foundation that fosters the efficient and sustainable use of resources.

Rural Assistance Center
The Rural Assistance Center helps those workiing with rural communities to learn about available programs, funding, and research that provide quality health and human services to rural residents.

Rural Community Assistance Program
RCAP's mission then and now is to help rural people to improve the quality of life in their communities

Rural Housing and Economic Development Gateway
This site connects rural organizations with information, technical assistance, training, and investment capital to help them develop, rebuild, and preserve affordable housing, local economies, and infrastructure.

Safe Drinking Water Trust e-Bulletin
An information resource about security, regulations, and safe and efficient operation of small water and wastewater plants.

Small Towns Environment Program
Helps small communities solve water and wastewater problems affordably by depending more upon local resources.

Offers information about social marketing, including articles, books, and Web links.

Social-Marketing Institute
Offers information about social marketing, success stories, position papers, and other social marketing resources.

Soil and Water Conservation Society
A private, nonprofit organization that advocates protecting, enhancing, and wise use of soil, water, and related natural resources.

U.S. Congress of Mayors
A nonpartisan organization of mayors from cities with populations of 30,000.

Universities Council on Water Resources
A member organization that helps develop water-related education for the public.

Water and Wastewater Equipment Manufacturers Association
A nonprofil trade organization that represents the interests of companies that manufacture products sold to the potable water and wastewater treatment industries.

Water Education Foundation
A nonprofit organization that develops water educational programs.

Water Environment Federation (WEF)
Dedicated to advancing science and technology addressing water quality issues as they impact water resources, the atmosphere, the lands, and quality of life.

Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF)
WERF manages independent scientific research that leads to cost-effective responses to water quality concerns affecting the environment and human health. For almost 20 years, the organization has contributed to the global scientific and technological body of knowledge addressing water quality issues - wastewater treatment and conveyance, infrastructure and asset management, water reclamation and reuse, biosolids, stormwater, and watersheds.

Water Information Sharing and Analysis Center
A source of sensitive information to support drinking water and wastewater utilities in their efforts to protect critical water infrastructure

Water Quality Association
A not-for-profit international trade association representing the household, commercial, industrial, and small community water treatment industry.

Water Systems Council
A non-profit organization, founded in 1932 that promotes the wider use of wells and the protection of ground water resources. WSC members include major manufacturers of the integral components of wells and other small drinking water systems, leading distributors of those components, and other drinking water professionals.

WSC also has a wellcare program for well owners that includes over 95 information sheets on topics related to wells and groundwater accessible on our website and a Well Owners Network with close to 10,000 members who receive free quarterly newsletters with seasonal well information.

WaterWiser Water Efficiency Clearinghouse