Government Affairs Committee

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.

Our committee is the connection point between PNCWA and the WEF Government Affairs Committee, Pacific Northwest AWWA Government Affairs Committees plus State regulatory officials, EPA officials, Pacific Northwest Congressional delegation, and individual state legislators. Our goal is to identify and bring issues to PNCWA for broader discussion, technical review, or development of position papers. We also keep the membership informed of key developments and proposed changes in state and federal water pollution and related laws, guidelines, regulations, and programs.

Join the Government Affairs Committee and gain the opportunity to work with state legislators and the congressional delegation to help prioritize clean water issues. We meet by conference call once a month and have one in-person meeting at the Annual Conference. Members also have the opportunity to represent the Pacific Northwest at the WEF/AWWA Fly-in. Our role is to advocate for good policy and legislation that affects the industry, and we need your voice. Join Today


Participate in Water Week and Ask Your Representatives to Support the Water Sector!

Every year, water sector professionals from around the United States gather in Washington, DC and virtually to discuss important issues together and with our federal lawmakers. Water Week 2024 will take place April 7-13. During this week, we come together to focus on national policy that impacts the water sector and how we can work together to make sure all communities have access to safe, reliable, and affordable clean water.  

The National Water Policy Fly-In is an important part of water week, presented by WEF, NACWA, WateReuse Association, AWWA, the Water Research Foundation and many others. During the fly-in, water sector professionals conduct meetings with lawmakers and/or their staff to discuss water policy positions and priorities for the year. Meetings can be held in person or virtually. A half-day summit is hosted in DC featuring speakers from Federal agencies and Congress and capped off with a networking reception.  

The PNCWA Government Affairs Committee is excitedly preparing for Water Week 2024. Do you have an interest in advocacy? Do you want to learn how to make your voice heard on behalf of clean water? Join us! Let us know about your interest by taking our survey and look out for a future information session to learn more.

Find the latest Government Affairs Committee Updates on the News page and in the monthly Digest. Not signed up? Sign up here.


WEF Related Position Papers & Statements of Interest to PNCWA Members

The Federal Role in Keeping Water & Wastewater Infrastructure Affordable Testimony by Rudolph S. Chow, P.E., Director, Department of Public Works, City of Baltimore, Maryland, on behalf of the Water Environment Federation. U.S. Senate Committee on Environment and Public Works, Thursday April 7, 2016.

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Contact Info

Susan Schlangen, Chair
Water Systems Consulting, Inc.
[email protected]