Water Week 2019 will communicate the value of water to environmental protection, to economic development and to job creation – and inspire action.

Nation Water Policy Fly-In | April 3-4, 2019 | Register

Water Week 2019: March 31-April 6, 2019  |  National Water Policy Fly-In: April 3-4, 2019

The National Water Policy Fly-In is an opportunity for you to engage directly with Members of Congress, the EPA, and other federal agencies on the most important federal legislative and regulatory matters. Join with other water professionals from across the nation to make the National Water Policy Fly-In — which is part of Water Week 2019 — the largest annual grassroots advocacy event for water policy issues.  

Registration is Now Open



Areas of focus and agenda will include:

  • Infrastructure Funding and Financing
  • Workforce Development
  •  Affordability 
  • Stormwater
  • Research & Development
  • Young Professional networking and professional development
  • WEF Government Affairs Committee meeting

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2019 Water Week Events



National Water Policy Fly-In | April 3-4, 2019

Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill

400 New Jersey Avenue NW

Washington, DC 20002

 Book your room!

Agenda at a Glance

Tuesday, April 2

12:00 pm - 5:00pm       WEF Stormwater Institute Members Meeting

Wednesday, April 3     

8:30 am - 10:00am       Government Affairs Committee Meeting

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm      WEF NGICP Subscribers Luncheon

12:00 pm - 1:30 pm      YP Luncheon

1:00pm – 4:00pm         Registration

2:00pm – 5:00pm         Policy Fly-In Plenary Session | U.S. EPA Water Priorities

3:30pm – 5:00pm         Federal Agency Roundtables (CLOSED TO THE PRESS)

6:00pm – 7:30pm         Reception on Capitol Hill

Thursday, April 4

7:30am – 9:30am         Registration

8:00am – 10:00am       Congressional Breakfast (CLOSED TO THE PRESS)

10:15am                       Travel to Hill

11:00am – 12:15pm     Joint Water Week Briefing

12:00pm – 4:30pm       Congressional Office Visits

5:30pm – 7:00pm         Closing Reception

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National Water Policy Fly-In

April 3-4, 2019
Hyatt Regency Washington
400 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC  20001

With more participation, reach and impact than ever, you will not want to miss the 2019 National Water Policy Fly-In!

As the Trump Administration and 116th Congress turn their collective focus towards infrastructure investment - a bipartisan issue, it is crucial that policymakers hear directly from YOU about the challenges your utility, agency and community face; and that sound policy and robust investment in water are critical for all Americans right now.

The issues of infrastructure funding, affordability, regulatory reform, and research support will be front-and-center in 2019, and utilities nationwide must make their voices heard on these critical priorities. This collaborative offering of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), the Water Environment Federation (WEF), WateReuse, and the Water Research Foundation (WRF) will offer opportunities for engagement with EPA, other Administration officials, and Members of Congress.

Together, we can move the levers of power, and continue advancing water priorities on the national and local levels. More information on the Policy Fly-In will be available on the Water Week 2019 website soon.

Make your voice heard, and plan to attend today!

Registration Will Open Shortly!

Water Week 2019 Hotel

Book your stay during Water Week 2019 at the Hyatt Regency Washington on Capitol Hill. Please note, reservations are on a first-come, first serve basis and may sell out before water week.

Reservations must be made by Monday, March 11, 2019, to receive the negotiated rate. When booking, please identify yourself as an attendee of the National Water Policy Fly-In. If booking online, please use the group code: G-NAWC.

Hyatt Regency Washington
400 New Jersey Ave NW
Washington, DC 20001

Phone: (202) 737-1234

Young Professional Scholarship

Make Your Voice Heard!

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. 

The National Water Policy Fly-In Young Professional Scholarship program seeks to provide Young Professionals 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 Young Professionals 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 22, 2019

Scholarship Value: $400.00 (covers cost of registration)*

Applicants must:

  • Be a WEF Young Professional (YP) Member.
  • Be 35 years of age or less at the time of application.
  • Have five or fewer years’ experience in the sector.
  • Limit of 30 applicants will be accepted.
  • YPs from WY, OR, LA, DE, and AL are strongly encouraged to apply – although scholarships are available to all YPs!

How to apply:

  • Complete scholarship form. 
  • Send the completed form and any questions to Amy Kathman at AKathman@wef.org.

Click to Apply

For more information:

  • Contact Amy Kathman at akathman@wef.org.   
  • 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.

*May also include a $300 stipend.

How to Remotely Participate in Water Week

For those who are unable to make it to Washington for Water Week, WEF is providing 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, from Water Week 2018, outlines the requests for funding and policies that WEF communicated to Congress and federal agencies last year.  A new version is being developed and will be posted shortly  In the meantime, you can review this document to see an example of important policy asks for our sector. 

    Download the Water Week 2018 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.

    Contact your members of Congress.

  • Post to social media: Be active on social media. Use #WaterWeek2019 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 Asks 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.

    Join the WEF Water Advocates.

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!

National Water Policy Fly-In Prep Webcast

Water Week 2019 is almost here! Over 300 water professionals from across the nation will be in Washington, DC, on April 3-4, 2019. 

In March, WEF and others in the water sector will hold a webcast to help attendees prepare for the upcoming Fly-in!

Save the Date:  Fly-in Prep Webcast!

  • March 14, 2019
  • 1:00 - 2:30 PM, EST

You will soon be able to register for this webcast!

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.

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.