Mar 12, 2019

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton Honored With WQA Champion Award

The award was presented during the annual WQA Fly-In

Rep. Upton with WQA Treasurer D.J. Shannahan
Rep. Upton with WQA Treasurer D.J. Shannahan

U.S. Rep. Fred Upton (R-Mich.) was honored with the Water Quality Assn. (WQA) Champion Award for his support of water-related legislation. The award was presented during the annual WQA Fly-In, a series of strategic meetings on Capitol Hill March 5 and 6 that included the Water Resources Congressional Summit, hosted by WQA in conjunction with the Irrigation Assn. and the National Groundwater Assn.

Upton, who represents Michigan’s 6th District, co-sponsored the Federal Facility Accountability Act, which will require agencies such as the Environmental Protection Agency to work with states on a joint plan to test, monitor and possibly remediate per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) contamination. The contaminant often is found on federal sites such as military installations.

WQA honored Upton and a fellow Michigan legislator, Dan Kildee of the state’s 5th district, during the Fly-In. It is the second year WQA has given the Champion awards; the 2018 honorees were U.S. Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.) and U.S. Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH).

Nearly 40 WQA members and staff took part in this year’s Fly-In, which included the March 5 summit and small-group Congressional visits on March 6. The group emphasized WQA’s support of legislation and funding to fight contamination by PFAS and other emerging contaminants and the effectiveness of in-home filtration systems or devices during emergencies or long-term contamination issues.

The delegation also offered legislators and agency representatives WQA’s expertise and help dealing with contamination issues or water-related legislation.