The 2018 NGWA Groundwater Fly-In and Water Resources Congressional Summit began today in Washington, D.C. Opening remarks included those made by NGWA CEO Terry S. Morse, CIC, pictured at right.
A total of 85 water professionals are in our nation’s capital for the two-day event. It will conclude with attendees meeting tomorrow with congressional representatives from their respective states to stress the value groundwater plays in sustaining the economy and securing drinking water for millions of Americans.
Today, attendees, 40 of which are from NGWA — including Chuck Job, manager of regulatory affairs, and Scott King, PG, P.Geo, LHG, president-elect, shown at right — as well as those from the Irrigation Association and the Water Quality Association, are sitting in on a series of presentations designed to provide perspective on what is happening in Washington.
The speakers are:
- Lee Forsgren, Deputy Assistant Administrator, U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
- Erin Stackley, National Association of Realtors
- Representative Brian Fitzpatrick (R-Pennsylvania)
- Maya MacGuineas, President, Center for a Responsible Federal Budget
- Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-New Hampshire)
- Tim Petty, Assistant Secretary, Office of Water and Science, U.S. Department of the Interior.
The day will wrap up with association colleagues and staff going over key points and issues for their meetings tomorrow as well as a networking reception.
The attendees will focus on four themes in their presentations tomorrow:
- Investing in water infrastructure
- The farm bill and the rural economy
- Geoscience and the workforce
- Groundwater as natural infrastructure.