Government Affairs & Public Policy

WEF's Government Affairs and Public Policy Program provides scientifically sound input on pending legislation and rulemaking through testimony to Congress and comments to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency on important topics affecting the water sector. At WEF’s annual conference, WEFTEC, the group presents sessions related to wastewater regulations and legislative issues. Please visit the pages below for more information.   


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Save the date now to attend this important event, and give your voice to important water policy issues.

» Government Affairs Spotlight

National Water Policy Forum & Fly-In To Be Held During Water Week 2015

The National Water Policy Forum & Fly-In — hosted by WEF, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, and the Water Environment Research Foundation — will be held April 13 –15 in Washington, D.C., in conjunction with Water Week 2015, scheduled for April 12–18. The event will inform and inspire local, state, and national leaders, and communicate the considerable value the water sector brings to environmental protection, economic development, and job creation. Save the date now to attend this important event, and give your voice to important water policy issues. 

WEF Needs YOU to be a Water Advocate!

Aging infrastructure, strict regulatory requirements, and continued economic pressures have put unprecedented stress on local governments and agencies that provide essential water services, but you can help! The Water Advocates program will create a network of water professionals in every state and community, in every congressional district, to get the word out about the value of water and steps needed to protect it. As part of the network, you’ll receive the training and information needed to become an effective Water Advocate for clean and safe water. It’s a great opportunity to help in specific ways, including letters to elected officials and newspaper editors, presentations to business and community organizations, and visits to legislative offices.

Water needs YOUR voice. Click here to view the flyer. To sign up, include your name, title, organization, address, e-mail, and telephone number. Submit your information to wateradvocates@wef.org. After you sign up, you will be contacted with additional information about the Water Advocates program.

» Legislative and Regulatory Affairs

WEF tracks legislation and regulation that has direct impacts on the water sector and works through the Government Affairs Committee to disseminate timely and topical developments at the Federal level to the WEF membership.  The Government Affairs / Public Policy group and GAC works together to comment on regulations critical to the water sector and also engage with Congressional staff on pending water-related legislation.  Other activities include Congressional briefings and testimony, engagement with regulatory staff, and information dissemination to the WEF membership.  For more information, please visit the links below.

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Water for Jobs Webpage

Water Puts America to Work:  Investment in Water Infrastructure Creates Jobs, Drives Innovation, and Safeguards Public Health
– campaign to send a clear message to our elected officials and political candidates that investment in water infrastructure is an investment in America.



» Policy and Position Statements

Statements articulating the stance on a variety of issues by WEF's membership are regularly developed in conjunction with the Government Affairs Committee along with other technical committees within WEF.  These policy and position statements provide insights on topical concerns within the clean water community.

» This Week in Washington 

TWIW masthead

This Week in Washington is a weekly publication of the Water Environment Federation’s Government Affairs department. It provides updates on the latest legislative and regulatory developments that affect the water and wastewater communities.

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State and Regional Issues

Canadian Government Affairs 
The Canadian Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA) and WEF have partnered to increase public understanding of water quality issues and to promote sound public policy.


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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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