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Water and Natural Resources

For more than 30 years, The Ferguson Group has been the pre-eminent provider of federal government relations advice to progressive agricultural and urban water management agencies seeking to advance or protect their interests in Washington D.C.’s complex legislative, policy, and regulatory arenas. Our extensive experience in water and natural resource issues includes working for water districts, public utilities, regional water and power authorities, non-governmental organizations, private companies, and coalitions.

Client Successes

  • Yakima River Basin, WA

    TFG represents agricultural water users on the Implementation Committee of the Yakima River Basin Integrated Plan, a 30-year holistic regional watershed management plan that contemplates improved water supplies, fisheries, and wildlife habitat for the future of the Yakima River Basin.  Over the past six years, TFG has assisted in the passage of a Phase III authorization through the U.S. Senate (currently pending in the House), and in securing over $86 million in federal funding for projects in the basin linked to the Integrated Plan.

  • Neuse Regional Water and Sewer Authority, NC

    TFG worked with the Neuse Regional Water and Sewer Authority in eastern North Carolina to secure $145 million in federal, state and non-profit assistance, including $39 million in competitive grant funding from the Department of Agriculture's Rural Utilities Service to establish a new, state-of-the-art water treatment system on the Neuse River along with water distribution systems to targeted economic development projects. Facing skyrocketing unemployment and a state mandate to curtail groundwater pumping, in less than eight years the Authority completed construction on a system that is now providing potable water to thousands of residents and businesses across a two-county region.

  • North Bay Water Reuse Program, CA

    TFG worked with the North Bay Water Reuse Program, a regional group composed of seven public utility agencies in Napa, Sonoma, and Marin Counties, to secure $3.8 million in federal competitive grant assistance through the Bureau of Reclamation’s WaterSMART program. The funds are being used as part of a program to recycle up to 3,757 acre-feet of water per year for beneficial uses in agriculture, irrigation, and habitat restoration.