Advocacy in Action — 116th Congress
The WateReuse Association advocates for policies and funding to support water reuse every day. “Advocacy in Action” is a central repository for our advocacy action items and resources, including letters to Congress, policy analyses, fact sheets, and more. This tool allows members to track our advocacy and serves as a resource for members when communicating with their specific congressional delegations.
- Committee Roster – The chairs and ranking members of the congressional committees and subcommittee most relevant to water policy.
- Title XVI GAO Report – A Government Accountability Office analysis found that the Bureau of Reclamation awarded about $715 million in water reuse grants for 46 construction projects and 71 studies under the Title XVI grant program from 1992-2017. (January 15, 2019)
- National Advocacy Opportunities Webcast – Top Washington water sector lobbyists discuss the status of key legislation and explain the opportunities to advance a water reuse policy agenda. (January 16, 2019)
Water Week 2019 Congressional Briefing
On Wednesday, April 3, the WateReuse Association hosted a congressional briefing on the value of federal investment in water reuse, featuring panelists Gilbert Trejo of El Paso Water, Martha Tremblay of the Sanitation Districts of Los Angeles County, and Alan Weland of Suez. WateReuse President Paul Jones, General Manager of the Eastern Municipal Water District, moderated the briefing before a packed audience of congressional staffers and others at the US Capitol.
Water Infrastructure Financing
- Written Testimony to the House Energy and Water Appropriations Subcommittee urging $100 million for the Bureau of Reclamation’s Title XVI-WIIN Water Reclamation and Reuse Program for FY 2020 (April 12, 2019)
- Water sector letter to the leaders of the House and Senate Energy and Water Subcommittees urging $100 million for the Bureau of Reclamation’s Title XVI-WIIN Water Reclamation and Reuse Program. (April 2, 2019)
- Water sector letter delivered to the leaders of the House and Senate Interior-Environment Subcommittees urging robust funding for EPA water programs, such as the Clean and Drinking Water SRF programs and the WIFIA program
- Appropriations letter to Congress urging robust funding of key water reuse infrastructure financing programs in FY20. (March 15, 2019)
- Water Sector Letter urging Congress to include water infrastructure in any infrastructure package. (January 10, 2019)
America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018
- Comment Letter to the Army Corps of Engineers on development of implementation guidance for Section 1164 of America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2018. (February 12, 2018)
To tackle the nation’s greatest challenges with water quality and supply, Congress established the National Priorities Water Research Grant Program.
- Joint water sector letter to congressional appropriators urging $20 million to support the EPA’s National Priorities Water Research program and $10 million for the Innovative Water Technologies grant program for FY 2020. (March 14, 2019)
Other (Multi-issue letters, Analyses, Statements, etc.)
- Joint water sector letter urging legislation to modernize National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permit terms under the Clean Water Act.