Government Affairs Committee

The Committee shall provide direction and leadership on the formation of government environmental policies, interaction with WEF members and MAs on these policies, and implementation of sound environmental policies. 

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Alan Vicory, 2012  - 2015
Stantec Consulting
11687 Lebanon Rd.
Cincinnati, Ohio  45241
Tel:         513-842-8244


Matthew J. Millea, 2012 - 2015 
Onondaga County Deputy County Executive
Onondaga County
John H Mulroy Civic Center
421 Montgomery St
Syracuse, NY  13202-2923
Tel: 315-435-3516 

Chair, Policy Development Subcommittee 

Barton G. Jones, 2012 - 2015
Barton Jones, LLC.
9 Elver Court
Madison, WI   53719-3002
Tel:  608-469-6994
Fax:  608-271-8493  

Chair, Legislative Subcommittee

Patrick J. Bradley,  2011-2014
Senior Scientist
1705 DeSales Street, NW, Suite 600
Washington, D.C. 20036
Tel:       (202) 833-9140
Fax:      (202) 833-9094

Chair, Regulatory Subcommittee

Linda Blankenship, 2012 - 2015
Assistant Vice President
Michael Baker Jr., Inc.
3601 Eisenhower Avenue
Alexandria, VA  22304-6456
Tel: 703-317-6232 

Chair, MA Liaison Subcommittee

Charles G. Stevens, 2011-2014
Director of Utilities, City of Liberty, MO
101 E. Kansas, 
Liberty, MO 64068
Tel:       (816) 439-4500
Fax:      (816) 439-4519

GAC Past Chair

Bob Matthews
Senior VP
CDM  Smith Inc.
9220 Cleveland Ave., Ste 100
Rancho Cucamonga, CA  91730-8561
Tel: 909-238-4937 

Staff Liaison

Tim Williams
Tel:  703-684-2437
Fax: 703-684-2475

Save the Date – WEF-AWWA Washington Fly-In Set for April 17-18 2013

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) and the American Water Works Association (AWWA) will join together once again to present a united voice for the water sector on Capitol Hill by presenting the third annual WEF-AWWA “Water Matters” Fly-In. Scheduled for Wednesday, April  17th and Thursday, April 18th 2013 in Arlington, VA, with Congressional meetings to be held on Capitol Hill, this event will bring delegations of water professionals from every state to Washington to meet directly with their Congressional representatives.  Last year over 160 WEF and AWWA members participated in the Fly-In.

Registration instructions and other information will be available online soon after the November 8 election.  Go to

Hotel Information:  A block of rooms has been reserved at the Arlington Hilton, located at 950 North Stafford Street, Arlington, VA., for Fly-In participants. At the beginning of the New Year, you may reach the Arlington Hilton at (703) 528-6000 to reserve a room.

Should you have further questions, please contact Nick Bardis at WEF, telephone (703) 684-2400 x7731, e-mail   


WEFTEC 2012 Government Affairs Technical Sessions and Committee Meetings

The following Government Affairs technical sessions and committee meetings will be held during WEFTEC 2012 at the Morial New Orleans  Convention Center, New Orleans, LA. 

Government Affairs Committee Sessions at WEFTEC 2012 

WEF’s Government Affairs Committee [GAC] will be holding the following meetings at WEFTEC 2012 in New Orleans:

  1. GAC Meeting:  September 30, 8:30 am to noon, Morial Convention Center [MCC] Room 277 
  2. GAC-Member Association Meeting: September 30, noon to 1:30pm, MCC Room 282
  3. GAC Wet Weather Workgroup Meeting: October 2, 10am to noon, MCC Room 263

In addition to these meetings, the GAC encourages you to consider attending the following sessions that should be of particular interest:

Water Leaders 2012: Rethinking Water Services
Monday, October 1, 10:30 am – 12:00 pm, following the Opening General Session (OGS) in same main MCC auditorium.  With the water sector at a crossroads, we must find smarter, more innovative ways of managing water to meet the needs of ever growing and urbanizing populations, and challenges such as climate change and emerging contaminants. A panel of thought leaders will share their experiences and discuss their vision for water services.  EPA Administrator Lisa Jackson will keynote this session.  This session sets the stage for comprehensive WEFTEC programming on innovation entitled “Innovation Showcase.”   

Featured Session 11: Clean Water Policy Update 

Tuesday, October 2, 1:30 pm to 5 pm, MCC, 252, 253, 254

EPA senior managers, including Acting Assistant Administrator for Water Nancy Stoner, the Office of Water Office Directors and the Office of Enforcement and Compliance Assurance, will present their current Clean Water Act policy and program initiatives and answer audience questions.  There will also be a special panel discussion on EPA’s Integrated Planning and Permitting approach for wastewater and stormwater.