Water Week 2021 - April 25 - May 1, 2021, was a great success!
2021 Water Week, April 25th – May 1st!
The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has underscored the essential role water utilities provide their communities and the important role the water sector has with federal policymakers in Washington DC. While Water Week 2021 took place in a virtual setting again this year, it continues to be the main event for water professionals from around the country to come together and continue the advocacy momentum as one united voice for the water sector.
This year’s featured Water Week event was the Water Week Policy Zoom-In. This free webinar, hosted jointly by this year’s Water Association Partners provides attendees the opportunity to hear directly from key EPA officials and Members of Congress on the important regulatory and legislative water policies they are working on now and in the years ahead.
If you were not able to listen to the event during Water Week, you will be listen to a recording! It will be posted shortly!
Additional Water Week Events and Activities
In addition to the Water Week Policy Zoom-In, there were a number of events and activities for water professionals to participate in to support and advocate for water.
This webcast walks participants through the latest from Capitol Hill, the water sector’s key issues and talking points, and tools and tips for engaging during Water Week and beyond– such as setting up Zoom congressional office visits. NACWA, WEF, WateReuse and The Water Research Foundation are urging all members to view this webcast and reach out to Congress to advocate for support for the water sector.
WEF/NMSA Stormwater Policy Recommendation & How to Virtually Lobby Congress
To prepare for potential meetings with your Members of Congress, the WEF Stormwater Institute is hosted a webcast to explain and discuss the stormwater specific asks in the 2021 Recommendations to Improve the Stormwater Program in the U.S. document. We will also explain how you can participate in Water Week and the Fly-In virtually. Recording will be available shortly.
Stormwater Policy Forum Webcasts – Parts 1 and 2
During Water Week 2021, WEF’s Stormwater Institute virtually hosted the fifth annual Stormwater Policy Forum. Participants were able hear the latest legislative and regulatory updates as well as policy trends and emerging topics. These webcasts were recorded and links will be available soon.
During the Part 1 of the recorded webcast, you will hear from U.S. EPA officials on a variety of topics including stormwater permits, integrated planning, and wet weather issues. Additionally, Capitol Hill legislative staff will explain recent and pending legislation pertaining to stormwater. Recording will be available soon.
During the Part 2 of the recorded webcast, you will hear from Marissa Aho, the City of Houston’s Chief Resilience Officer, about the city’s resilience strategy. A hot topics panel will also include discussions on trash, maintenance, and environmental justice and diversity in the stormwater sector. Recording will be available soon.
As a valued member of the water community, we put your health and safety above all else. We eagerly look forward to seeing you in person at Water Week next year and appreciate your continued involvement and support as we all navigate these challenging times. If you have any questions, please contact us at [email protected].
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.
By visiting the Water Week website, you can view many of the resources used to make a successful event!
We are all looking forward to Water Week 2022!