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!

Attending the briefing will allow:

  • Opportunities to meet with Senators, Representatives, and legislative staff;
  • Substantive discussion of federal clean water legislative initiatives and 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 NEWEA Position statements;
  • Opportunities to learn about key federal regulatory initiatives; and
  • A forum to provide comments directly to regulatory leaders form EPA’s Washington, DC Headquarters

NEWEA will be participating in the 2022 National Water Policy Fly-In Virtually

Due to the ongoing COVID-19 (Coronavirus) situation, NEWEA leadership has made the decision to participate in the 2022 National Water Policy Fly-In virtually. NEWEA values our members and communities, and this decision was made to prioritize health and safety at this time.

Although we won’t be present in Washington, D.C. this year, NEWEA still encourages you to stay involved with advocating on behalf of the water issues facing New England. 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 – Virgil Lloyd or Vanessa McPherson
Maine – Paula Drouin
Massachusetts – Adam Yanulis or Ray Willis
New Hampshire – Shelagh Connelly or Michael Trainque
Rhode Island – Edward Davies
Vermont – Bob Fischer or Michael Smith



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Have questions?  Call:
NEWEA Executive Director, Mary Barry at 781-939-0908
NEWEA Government Affairs Committee Chair, Scott Firmin at 207-232-7621