Government and Regulatory Affairs

WEF advocacy activities aim to educate WEF members and the water sector on public policy issues related to water quality and water resources, and equip them to play a greater role in water policy discussions.


The latest government affairs and legislative/regulatory articles, videos, and other content from throughout the organization and across the water sector.

Industrial Water Resources
Preview the 2024 Program

Click through the digital WEFTEC 2024 Conference Preview to learn more about the 2024 educational programming, see who is exhibiting, begin to plan your WEFTEC ...

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Government & Regulatory Affairs
EPA: Stormwater, Wastewater Sectors Need $630 Billion+ Over Next 20 Years

Latest Clean Watershed Needs Survey explores water sector’s financial path to Clean Water Act fulfillment

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Practice Areas
Updated: WEF Responds to U.S. EPA PFAS Rules

On April 10, 2024, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) released the final rule for a Safe Drinking Water Act Maximum Contaminant Limit (MCL) regulation ...

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Government & Regulatory Affairs
Funding, Source Control Lead Stormwater Sector’s 2024 Legislative Priorities

National Stormwater Policy Forum to cover pressing policy issues shaping stormwater-sector landscape

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Government & Regulatory Affairs
Newly Launched NOAA Website Centralizes Water Data

U.S. National Weather Service announces all-in-one portal for hydrological forecasting and analysis

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Government & Regulatory Affairs
Apply for Stormwater Center of Excellence Designation by March 18

Universities, think tanks, nonprofits eligible for USD $3 million in federal funding

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Featured Government & Regulatory Affairs Resources

WEF engages in appropriate and nimble advocacy on legislative and regulatory issues to improve the scientific and technical foundation for water quality laws and regulations, support the need for continued progress in controlling pollution, protect public health and the health of aquatic ecosystems, and promote sustainable management of water resources.

WEF works closely with its membership to educate Congress on clean water issues impacting their districts and states and disseminates information on Congressional activities to WEF members via meetings, webcasts, and emails. WEF also collaborates with other organizations to provide support or comment on pending legislation affecting the clean water community.

Water Advocates

Let’s speak with a loud, united voice for water. The Water Advocates Program helps you to reach out to and connect with elected officials on important water quality issues.

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Position Statements

WEF has developed a series of clean water position statements to guide the critical work WEF provides in clean water policy.

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Canadian Water and Wastewater Association

CWWA is a nationally registered not-for-profit corporation representing the common interests of Canada’s public sector municipal water and wastewater services and their private sector partners that support them.

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Value of Water

As a critical part of our mission, WEF works to elevate clean water, the water profession, clean water services, and the infrastructure that supports it as essential to protecting public health, the environment, and quality of life.

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WEF Government Affairs Community

The members of the WEF Government Affairs Community and its Focus Groups help to position WEF as a recognized expert voice on all water as well as provide input on environment-related policies through actions including engagement with government officials and written comments and testimony on regulatory and legislative matters.

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Water Week 2024 | April 7-13

Join water professionals from across the nation to help advance key water policy priorities such as sustained growth in federal infrastructure investment, addressing water affordability, supporting water research & development and advancing sound science-based solutions, and making our critical infrastructure more resilient.

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Connect with our community of water professionals who ensure that our local communities have access to clean water that protects public health. Explore our member benefits and find the membership type that’s right for you.

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