On March 19, WEF and the co-host associations made the decision to cancel the National Water Policy Fly-In (April 27-28) in Washington, D.C.

WEF always prioritizes the health and safety of attendees, exhibitors, and vendors at our events. We have been closely monitoring the situation with coronavirus, including information from the World Health Organization (WHO), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), and state and local health authorities. Recent developments and the importance of minimizing the spread of the illness were key factors in our decision to cancel the event.

Despite this unfortunate but necessary need to cancel the Fly-In, WEF still wants its members to be engaged on important federal policy issues. Please look for a future email from WEF that will provide ways for members to engage with their Members of Congress and convey the message for increased funding for water infrastructure.

Additionally, WEF’s Water Advocates grassroot program allows all WEF members and the public to write Congress at any time regarding the calls-to-action posted on the site, such as the current call-to-action to Congress urging support for water infrastructure funding be included in any coronavirus emergency relief and recovery package that includes funding for municipal infrastructure. Additional information will soon be added to the event website for your reference.

Thank you for your understanding during this challenging time and for your continued support of WEF.

 

How to Virtually Participate in Water Week

HOW TO VIRTUALLY PARTICIPATE IN WATER WEEK

On Wed., April 29, WEF and our partners in the water sector, held a webinar – Water Week 2020 – Insights from Washington DC – that provides updates from two members of the EPA’s Office of Water Leadership, Andrew Sawyers and Jennifer McLain, and four Members of Congress:  Rep. Peter DeFazio (D-OR), Rep. John Katko (R- NY), Sen. John Boozman (R-AR), and Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA).

You can watch this webinar and listen to the comments from the Members of Congress on this page:  https://www.waterweek.us/#water-week-webinar

In addition, please continue to use the Water Week 2020 one pager and share it with your own Members of Congress as you reach out for support!

Thanks again for supporting our Water Week 2020!  Water Week 2020 may be over, but the need for WEF members to reach out on important priorities continues!

Water Week One Pager

  • 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 [email protected].

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: [email protected]  

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.