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, wastewater, 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

In addition to the Briefing, an important part of this day is holding individual and group meetings with Senators and Representative on the Hill. If you plan to attend the Briefing, the Government Affairs Committee will work with you to schedule these individual appointments.

2018 Congressional Briefing
April 17-18, 2018 – Washington, DC

Over 300 water professionals from across the nation will be in Washington, DC, on April 17-18, 2018.  Below is an update on some of the key meetings and events being planned.  Join us in for the 2018 DC Fly-In!  View Flyer >>



Last year, NEWEA had over 45 representatives from the municipal, state, consulting and manufacturing industry from across all six New England states. This year, we will again be partnering with WEF, NACWA, WateReuse Association, and the newly renamed the Water Research Foundation. Additionally, AWWA will be in DC on the same dates and WEF is planning to hold a joint attendee briefing and reception, as well as help coordinate joint congressional office visits with AWWA attendees while on Capitol Hill.

To support our members, NEWEA has established State Liaisons for each of the six NE States that will work you to schedule appointments with members of Congress. State Liaisons are as follows:

National Water Policy Fly-In Prep Webcast
March 14, 2018, 1 – 2:30 PM

Overview of the Fly-In and our request to Congress, instructions on setting up and having successful congressional meetings, and guidance on connecting attendees with AWWA attendees to hold joint meetings. Separate Registration:

Washington DC Agenda

Tuesday – April 17, 2018
11:00 – 1:30 NEWEA Kickoff Luncheon – Representatives and Senators from New England will cover major water developments in Washington, tips for effective congressional meetings and review NEWEA’s talking points. United States Capitol Visitor Center:  Congressional Meeting Room South
2:00 – 5:00 Meetings with Senators, Representatives and Aides on Capitol Hill
2:00 – 5:00 National Water Policy Fly-In, Washington Court Hotel, Grand Ballroom – Separate registration at:
5:30 – 6:30 National Water Policy Fly-In, Welcoming Reception, Washington Court Hotel, Grand Ballroom
7:00 – NEWEA Dutch-Treat Dinner, The Monocle,

Wednesday – April 18, 2018
8:00 – 5:00 Continue with Congressional Visits
9:30 – 11:00 Joint Water Associations Congressional Briefing, Capitol Hill – Separate registration at:
5:00 – 7:00 Joint Water Associations Congressional Reception, Library of Congress, Montpelier Room

Here is what you should do NOW…..

  1. Reserve your hotel: Washington Court Hotel, 525 New Jersey Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20001.  Call 202-628-2100 or go Online Use Group Code:  Water0418
  2. Register for the NEWEA Fly-In
  3. Contact your State Liaison to set up meetings

If you have any questions, contact Mary Barry at 781-939-0908 or Bob Fischer at 802-658-7964