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Who Sets Our Water Policies, and What Does That Include? A Primer on Policies That Govern Water Availability, Quality, and Reliability

  • 210 Cannon House Office Building (map)

The Northeast-Midwest Institute, in collaboration with Rep. Dan Kildee (MI-5), will host a Congressional Briefing on Thursday, April 11th, to discuss primary laws governing water quality (Safe Drinking Water Act and the Clean Water Act) and appropriation mechanisms like the State Revolving Fund and Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) that finance much of the water infrastructure in the country.

Water infrastructure in the United States is in need of significant repair and rehabilitation. Federal funding has largely remained constant (in nominal value), while the demand for additional funding has increased. As much of the of the country deals with numerous water quality and access issues - from lead and PFAS contamination to algal blooms and high water bills - this briefing will provide Capitol Hill staff with much-needed background on key laws governing water quality and access in the country, and the tools available to impact policy changes. The Panelists include: 

  • Jason Isakovic, National Association of Clean Water Agencies

  • Lynn Thorp, Clean Water Action

  • Ted Stiger, Rural Community Assistance Partnership

  • A representative from the US Environmental Protection Agency

  • Dr. Sri Vedachalam, Northeast-Midwest Institute  

What: A Primer on Water Policies: Key Laws and Financing Mechanisms

When: Thursday, April 11, 2019, 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Where: 210 Cannon House Office Building

RSVP: Eric Heath at Northeast-Midwest Institute

For more information, please contact Eric Heath, Senior Policy Counsel for the Mississippi River Basin Program or Dr. Sri Vedachalam, Director of the Safe Drinking Water Research and Policy Program at the Northeast-Midwest Institute.