Registration is now open for the National Water Policy Fly-In. Join us April 27-28 in Washington, D.C.

Water Week | April 26-May 2, 2020

Water Week is the only national policy event of the year that draws together water professionals from across the country to advocate for the unique needs of drinking water and clean water utilities. It is not only an opportunity to advance policy priorities for water utilities, including greater federal investment in water infrastructure, but also to celebrate the role these utilities play in communities nationwide. 

National Water Policy Fly-In | April 27-28, 2020

The National Water Policy Fly-In, the anchor event for Water Week, is the most widely attended national policy event of the year for water professionals to advocate on behalf of clean water utilities. The National Water Policy Fly-In is an opportunity for you to engage directly with Members of Congress, Administration officials, the EPA, and other federal agencies on the most important federal legislative and regulatory matters. 

As the Trump Administration and Congress continue to focus on infrastructure investment, PFAS, and CWSRF funding — all bipartisan issues — it is crucial that policymakers hear directly from YOU about the challenges your utility, agency, and community face. Join us April 27-28 on Capitol Hill to tell our lawmakers that sound policy and robust investment in water are critical for all Americans right now. Together, we can move the levers of power, and continue advancing water priorities on the national and local levels.

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The National Water Policy Fly-In is presented jointly by the Water Environment Federation, National Association of Clean Water Agencies, the Water Research Foundation, and the WateReuse Association. 

 

RESOURCES:

Value of Water Poll: Check out the Fourth Annual Value of Water Index.  Voter's Opinions on Water Infrastructure.

PFAS Fact Sheet:  PFAS Issue Background and Advocacy Asks.  Jointly drafted by WEF and NACWA.

 Water Week 2019 Policy Asks

Download 2019 Policy Asks

2020 Policy Asks Coming Soon!

National Water Policy Fly-In

With more participation, reach and impact than ever before, you will not want to miss the 2020 National Water Policy Fly-In!

When:  April 27-28, 2020

Where:  Washington, DC

REGISTER TODAY

As the Trump Administration and Congress continue to focus on infrastructure investment, PFAS, and CWSRF funding — all bipartisan issues — it is crucial that policymakers hear directly from YOU about the challenges your utility, agency, and community face. Join us in DC to tell our lawmakers that sound policy and robust investment in water are critical for all Americans right now.

Together, we can move the levers of power, and continue advancing water priorities on the national and local levels.

Make your voice heard, and plan to attend today!

For more information, including a draft agenda, visit: www.waterweek.us

Questions or comments? Email: info@waterweek.us

Young Professional Scholarship

Make Your Voice Heard. Attend the 2020 National Water Policy Fly-In!


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Your voice is powerful. It has the ability to educate and influence policymakers on what matters most to you. Only you can voice your concerns and make your voice heard.

This scholarship program seeks to provide you with an opportunity to participate in the highest levels of policy advocacy before Congress and the Administration as well as to build professional connections with water professionals from the nation.

This unique scholarship gives you the platform to speak up and to help WEF deliver a message to Congress and Administration officials that sound policy and robust investment in water are critical for all Americans right now!

Scholarship Deadline: March 20, 2020

Scholarship Value: $400.00 (covers cost of registration)

Applicants must:

  • Be a WEF Young Professional (YP) Member.
  • Be less than (35) years of age at the time of application.
  • Have five or fewer years’ experience in the sector.
  • A limit of 20 applicants will be accepted.
  • YPs from Ala., Del., Ore., Wyo., La., Okla., and Ark., are strongly encouraged to apply – though scholarships are available to all YPs!


How to apply:

  • Complete the Young Professional Scholarship Form. Send the completed form to Amy Kathman at AKathman@wef.org.

  • Contact your Member Association to join the delegation from your state coming to the Fly-In.

For more information:

  • *NOTICE: Scholarships are available on a first-come-first-serve basis and WEF retains the right of selection. WEF’s selection committee will make all final decisions. By applying, applicants must be committed to attending the National Water Policy Fly-in. WEF recommends applicants receive employer approval prior to applying.

Water Week Hotel

Book your stay during Water Week 2020 at the Washington Court Hotel. Please note, reservations are on a first-come, first-serve basis and may sell out before water week.

Reservations must be made by Monday, April 6, 2020, to receive the negotiated rate. When booking, please identify yourself as an attendee of the National Water Policy Fly-In. Follow the link below to book your room online.

Reserve Your Room 

Address: 
Washington Court Hotel
525 New Jersey Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

Phone: (202) 628-2100

How to Remotely Participate in Water Week

HOW TO REMOTELY PARTICIPATE IN WATER WEEK

For those who are unable to make it to Washington for Water Week, there are resources and suggestions for advocacy at home. This remote participation in Water Week is vital to our sector sending a loud and strong message.

  • Policy Asks: This document outlines the requests for funding and policies that WEF will be communicating to Congress and federal agencies. You can use this information in your communications with members of Congress and federal officials.  There will be a new 2020 Policy Asks document released prior to Water Week 2020.

    View 2019 Policy Asks
  • Infographics: These infographics were created by WEF to be used in communicating the value of water and importance of investment in infrastructure. They can be used as handouts during discussions and shared on social media.
  • Suggested Activities:
    • Contact your congressional office: Contact the offices of your members of Congress. Let them know it is Water Week and voice your support for the policy asks. Invite them to visit a water facility or project. 

    • Post to social media: Be active on social media. Use #WaterWeek2020 in your posts. Voice support for funding and policies outlined in the document. Tag your members of Congress. Follow and share posts from WEF on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.

    • Publish an op-ed or blog: Use the policy request document as the basis for an op-ed for the local newspaper or blog for your website. Include local examples of why water is important and why investment is needed.

    • Join WEF’s Water Advocates: It is a grassroots advocacy program that makes it easy for WEF members to engage with their federal elected officials on matters of importance to the water sector. Membership is free and you will raise your profile among your water professional colleagues as a champion for our sector. 

If you have any questions about Water Week, please contact Steve Dye at sdye@wef.org.

Thank you for adding your voice to WEF’s advocacy for water!

Future Water Week Dates

Water Week 2021
April 25 - May 1, 2021

Water Week 2022
April 24 - April 30, 2022

For more information, please visit https://www.waterweek.us/

WEF, AMWA, AWWA, NACWA, USWA, WateReuse, WRF, and WWEMA have agreed upon these future dates.

WEF 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.

Visit the Government Affairs Committee page for more information!

Apply for membership: Committee Membership Application

Email WEF's Government Affairs Manager Amy Kathman with any questions: akathman@wef.org  

View the Government Affairs Committee Org. Chart

More WEF Advocacy Programs

WEF pursues many different advocacy and outreach through several programs aimed at various audiences. Explore these opportunties via the links below.