Government Affairs Committee
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The Government Affairs Committee (GAC) keeps abreast of regulations and proposed legislation and guidelines related to clean water industry challenges, regulatory policies, and funding opportunities.
We have conducted a webinar on Water Quality Trading, developed position papers on Operator Training and on PCBs, and have supported committee members to take part in WaterWeek, where one person from each state meets with their members of Congress and/or their staff in Washington D.C. and share with them the Water Quality priorities for WEF-PNCWA members.
We meet by conference call once a month and have one in-person meeting at the Annual Conference.
News & Highlights
WaterWeek 2017 Part 1: PNCWA Members Report on National Policy
On March 21, 2017, Bob Baumgartner, John Beacham, Mike Ollivant of the PNCWA Government Affairs committee flew into Washington, D.C. for the annual WaterWeek Fly-In, where water representatives from all over the country gather to talk water infrastructure and funding. In part 1 of their report from D.C., John, Mike, and Bob share a recap of the EPA briefing, thee issue of federal infrastructure funding, and the roundtables they attended on water issues. Continue Reading—
WaterWeek 2017 Part 2: PNCWA Members Meet with D.C. Representatives
Next, John, Bob, and Mike split up to meet with representatives from each of our states—Idaho, Oregon, and Washington. Our message was threefold: PNCWA is eager to help policymakers, specifically by offering to poll association membership to provide feedback for specific questions or to provide feedback on issues of interest to the lawmakers; funding for clean water infrastructure is a critical need, with particular focus on potential loss of funding for small communities through USDA; tools such as integrated planning, watershed based planning, and other innovative solutions to water quality issues need to be more fully explored and supported. Continue Reading—
Water Sector Unites to Elevate Water as a National Priority; PNCWA Government Affairs Committee members participate in Congressional meetings.
During the week of March 19 - 25, 2017, water sector organizations with members spanning the nation – and in some cases the globe – will gather in Washington, DC for Water Week 2017. They will come together to advocate for national policies that advance clean, safe and affordable water, in unabashed support of their communities and a healthy sustainable environment. The week will be highlighted by the Rally for Water, a multi-organizational show of unity, held on U.S. Capitol grounds (Wednesday, March 22). Continue Reading—
Layne McWilliams, Chair