First-time "Water Matters" event will be held April 4-5, 2011 in Washington, D.C.
The Water Environment Federation (WEF) and the American Water Works Association (AWWA) will join together to strengthen the voice of the entire water community on Capitol Hill by presenting the first-ever WEF-AWWA "Water Matters" Fly-In. Scheduled for April 4-5, 2011 in Washington, D.C., the event is intended to assemble delegations from each state that represents a cross-section of the water community.
There are a number of issues the clean water and drinking water communities can take to Congress together: infrastructure investment, security, funding for water research, and more. With many new faces in the 112th Congress, the Fly-In presents an excellent opportunity to educate our newly elected leaders on water issues.
Free to WEF and AWWA members, the event will begin on Monday, April 4 with briefings and discussions of current 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 1:00-3:00 p.m. EST. The free webcast will include overviews of the 112th Congress and new congressional leadership; clean water/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 on the Government Affairs section of the WEF Web site.
The deadline for registering to be part of your state's delegation is Thursday, February 17. A block of rooms has been reserved at two area hotels for event participants. Please note that WEF members and Member Associations are responsible for their own travel and hotel arrangements.
AWWA is the authoritative resource for knowledge, information, and advocacy to improve the quality and supply of water in North America and beyond. AWWA is the largest organization of water professionals in the world. AWWA advances public health, safety and welfare by uniting the efforts of the full spectrum of the entire water community. Through our collective strength we become better stewards of water for the greatest good of the people and the environment. For more information, visit www.awwa.org
Formed in 1928, the Water Environment Federation (WEF) is a not-for-profit technical and educational organization with 36,000 individual members and 75 affiliated Member Associations representing water quality professionals around the world. WEF and its Member Associations proudly work to achieve our mission of preserving and enhancing the global water environment. For more information, visit www.wef.org
SOURCE: Water Environment Federation (WEF) - WEFTEC