Feb 03, 2011

WEF and AWWA Plan Fly-In Event for April

Organization members will meet with Congress officials to educate them on water issues

The Water Environment Federation (WEF) and the American Water Works Assn. (AWWA) will join to present the first-ever WEF-AWWA “Water Matters” Fly-In. Scheduled for April 4 and 5 in Washington, D.C., the event is intended to assemble delegations from each state that represents a cross section of the water community.

The organizations contend that there are a number of issues the clean water and drinking water communities can take to Congress together, including infrastructure investment, security and funding for water research. With many new faces in the 112th Congress, the Fly-In presents an opportunity to educate the newly elected leaders on water issues.

Free for WEF and AWWA members, the event will begin on April 4 with briefings and discussions of clean water and drinking water issues currently before Congress, followed the next day by scheduled visits with state representatives. In addition, the Fly-In will include a reception for participants and invited congressional guests, a regulatory update breakfast and a concluding luncheon to share information and lessons learned.

In addition, WEF and AWWA will prepare members by holding a special webcast on March 2 from 1 to 3 p.m. The free webcast will include overviews of the 112th Congress and new congressional leadership, clean water and drinking water legislation and the priorities and plans for the April event. Registration details for the webcast and a draft agenda for the Fly-In event are available in the Government Affairs section of the WEF Web site.

The deadline for registering to be part of a state’s delegation is Feb. 17. A block of rooms has been reserved at two area hotels for event participants.