AWWA and WEF: Water Matters!
Posted February 15, 2011
By Tim Williams, Managing Director of Leadership and Public Policy at WEF
WEF has long worked to ensure that sound science from water quality experts is reflected in U.S. environmental legislation and regulation. I’ve seen some pretty effective programs, such as briefings on Capitol Hill that WEF has been involved in focusing on water sector topics and face-to-face meetings with the EPA officials who have a direct hand in shaping the nation’s water regulatory framework. The latest example, 2011 Water Matters! Fly-In April 4-5 in Washington, D.C. will be better than ever before because--for the very first time--WEF and the American Water Works Association (AWWA) will join forces on behalf of clean and safe water.
A number of issues like infrastructure investment, security, and appropriations cut across the clean and safe drinking water sectors, and we’ll take them to Congress together. (This might be a good time to mention www.workforwater.org, the WEF/AWWA project aimed at attracting workers to our field.) AWWA and WEF volunteers will meet with elected officials and staffers to share their expertise and concerns, and they’ll also hear from a bi-partisan panel of representatives from influential bodies like the Senate’s Environment and Public Works Committee and the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee.
The program includes plenty of preparation and discussion time, so participants are well- briefed and as effective as possible in their meetings with Congressional representatives. In fact, we’ll be hosting a March 2 webcast to go over changes in the new Congress and provide a Fly-In update. And there’s a March 16 web meeting where participants will walk through the program and get a sense of what to expect. If you’d like to be part of this historic effort to speak out for water, and are a member of AWWA, WEF, or one of their affiliates please be sure to register by February 17.