The Irrigation Association’s D.C. summit urges congressional action on water infrastructure

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Irrigation Association staff and members at the Washington D.C. fly-in.

The Irrigation Association (IA), in partnership with the National Ground Water Association and the Water Quality Association, hosted the annual Water Resources Congressional Summit March 6-7.

In more than 30 meetings scheduled with members of Congress, IA members told their personal stories of the benefits of efficient irrigation, and sought changes in the farm bill, support for water infrastructure and authorization of the WaterSense program. The WaterSense program is a voluntary partnership program sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), aimed at promoting water-efficient products and helping consumers save water.

The two-day summit began with a meeting between IA members and Kiel Weaver, Speaker Paul Ryan’s senior advisor, on natural resource issues. IA members then joined participants from the National Ground Water Association and Water Quality Association for presentations on water resource issues and the federal budgetary climate.

“This IA fly-in could not have come at a better time,” said IA Government and Public Affairs Director John Farner. “Issues directly affecting our industry are front and center this legislative year. IA members had the unique opportunity to ensure Congress heard directly from the irrigation industry as policy decisions are made.”

The summit was capped off with IA members taking their stories and the industry’s policy recommendations to their representatives’ and senators’ offices.

 

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