Congressional Briefing

The NEWEA Congressional Briefing is the annual hallmark for the Association and its Government Affairs program.  It is a great opportunity for our membership and elected officials to join together to discuss water quality and stormwater infrastructure issues facing communities in the Northeast.  We look forward to meeting with you and providing you with the latest information affecting our industry.  Your involvement is critical – come to D.C. and be heard!

Join us in Washington, D.C. April 9-10 for Water Week 2024

Join over 600 Water Colleagues in Washington, DC, for Water Week 2024, April 9-10, to connect with congressional offices and share your story on important water quality issues. Over the past two years, the water sector’s strong advocacy efforts have resulted in historical policy achievements and levels of federal funding passed into law that will have a positive lasting impact on countless communities across the country.

In culmination of these achievements, 2024 marks an exciting time for water professionals from around the country to gather in-person in DC to hear from policy makers about the implementation of these achievements, the outlook across Washington over the next year, and to jointly advocate the critical value and importance of ensuring all communities have safe, sustainable, reliable, and affordable water. Join the water sector at this pivotal juncture and help build upon this positive momentum with the Administration and Congress.

Together we can show Congress the power of NEWEA, NEWWA and our 12 Clean Water and Drinking Water State Associations!

Here’s what you should do NOW to prepare for your Congressional trip: 

    1. Mark your calendar for Tuesday and Wednesday, April 9 – 10, 2024
    2. Make travel reservations to DC (plane, train, car)
    3. Register as a New England Water Professional attendee so the state directors can coordinate on visits. There will also be an option to participate in the New England Tuesday night Dutch Treat Dinner. Register Online Deadline: Friday March 15, 2024
    4. You can also participate in the National Water Policy Event on April 9 from 12:30 – 5:00. Detailed Agenda is here:
    5. Reserve your hotel by Monday March 15th — There is a room block at the Hilton Washington DC National Mall The Wharf, 480 L’Enfant Plaza SW, Washington, DC 20024 or ONLINE:
    6. Work with your State Liaison to contact your State Senators and Representatives to set up meetings at their Capitol Hill offices (see below to find your State Association Liaison and links to find your State Senators and Representatives).

Attending the briefing will allow:

  • Opportunities to meet with Senators, Representatives, and legislative staff.
  • Substantive discussion of federal clean and drinking water legislative initiatives and opportunities to provide feedback related to the impact that these initiatives have on our communities and the water quality industry.
  • A forum for presentation and discussion of the joint NEWEA and NEWWA Position Statement and Talking Points
  • Opportunities to learn about key federal regulatory initiatives; and
  • A forum to provide comments directly to regulatory leaders form EPA’s Washington, DC Headquarters

Please refer to the Advocacy Toolkit, created by NEWEA’s Government Affairs Committee, to learn more about how you can become more involved with engaging elected officials and the public on important water issues. View Toolkit >>


State Liaisons:
Connecticut – Jeff Lemay (clean water) and Matt Stosse (drinking water)
Maine – Paula Drouin (clean water) and Roger Paradis (drinking water)
Massachusetts – John Digiacomo (clean water) and Rob Little  or Darin LaFalam (drinking water)
New Hampshire – Michael Trainque (clean water) and  Marc Morin (drinking water)
Rhode Island – Amy Anderson (clean water) and Jessica Lynch (drinking water)
Vermont – Jennifer Auster (clean water) and Joe Duncan  (drinking water)



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Have questions? Call:
NEWEA Executive Director, Mary Barry at 781-939-0908
NEWEA Government Affairs Committee Chair, Jeff McBurnie at 207-347-3618
NEWWA Chief Executive Officer, Kirsten King at 508-893-7979 ext. 243
NEWWA Legislative and Regulatory Committee Chair, Steve Estes-Smargiassi at 617-788-4303