Water 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.

Our Expertise

  • Water infrastructure development, planning, and funding
  • Harbor and port development and maintenance
  • Environmental restoration
  • Shore protection
  • Clean Water Act, Endangered Species Act, and Safe Drinking Water Act
  • Irrigation, flood control, and hydroelectric Policy
  • Stormwater, drinking water and wastewater policy

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.

Sites Reservoir Project, CA

TFG co-lead federal advocacy efforts on behalf of the Sites Reservoir Project that has led to EPA inviting the Sites Project Authority (Authority) to apply for the largest Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) low-interest, long-term loan ever granted ($2.2 billion), a $449 million USDA low-interest, long-term loan and $104.05 million in direct competitive grants/allocations to the Sites Reservoir Project. Additional federal assistance for transportation and broadband components of the project will be pursued over the next 24 to 36 months as well as additional direct federal assistance to support the primary features of the $4.5 billion reservoir project. 

Our Service Areas

Advocacy

Advocacy

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Federal Funding

Federal Funding

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Legislative

Legislative

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Consulting

Consulting

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Regulatory

Regulatory

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Grants

Grants

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US Congressional Calendar

28 June 2021

TFG 2021 Congressional Calendar

The Ferguson Group (TFG) compiled a 2021 Congressional Calendar with important House and Senate dates.

The Ferguson Group (TFG) compiled a 2021 Calendar with session and recess dates for the U.S. House of Representatives and U.S. Senate 117th Congressional session. The calendar also includes the titles of Members of Congress in Senate and House leadership for the 117th Congress. Read more to view and download the calendar. 

Latest TFG News

24 August 2021

TFG To Present on Water Infrastructure Funding Opportunities in American Water Works Association Workshop

Leading minds behind WIFIA legislation, TFG to share information on WIFIA and SRF with public utilities in workshop presentation.

The Ferguson Group (TFG) Principal and Manager of Policy and Regulatory Affairs, Stephanie Missert, will join the American Water Works Association (AWWA) tomorrow, Wednesday, August 25th at 1:25 – 2:25 P.M. ET to virtually present “How States Make SRF and WIFIA Work”.

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Val Gelnovatch

Val Gelnovatch

Senior Advisor

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