|The 2017 National Ground Water Association Fly-In took place in Washington, D.C., on March 7 and 8, beginning with a legislative briefing co-hosted with the Irrigation Association and Water Quality Association. Nearly 80 advocates from three associations, including 35 participants from NGWA, attended the two-day event.
NGWA attendees from 15 states heard from experts in Washington, including former Majority Leader Dick Gephardt as well as former and current congressional staff, on issues like tax reform, infrastructure priorities, natural resources, and appropriations.
Following the briefing, attendees spent March 8 visiting over 60 congressional offices and urging action on NGWA priorities—devoting resources to rural communities to rebuild infrastructure, restoring geothermal heat pumps tax credits, and continuing support for the National Ground-Water Monitoring Network.
From visiting members of Congress as they voted on the House floor, to being stopped on the street by members of Congress to discuss drinking water issues, this year’s Fly-In continued to demonstrate the important role NGWA members play as experts in informing and educating Congress about the need to promote the management, use, and protection of groundwater.
The Fly-In represents an important opportunity for NGWA members to meet face-to-face with their congressional delegations. The event not only raises awareness of policy priorities supported by NGWA, but also establishes NGWA as an important resource for congressional offices.