About 30 irrigation professionals representing all facets of the irrigation industry gathered to advocate on behalf of the irrigation industry during the Fairfax, Virginia-based Irrigation Association’s 2020 Washington, DC Fly-In March 3-4.
The IA partnered with the National Ground Water Association, Westerville, Ohio, and the Water Quality Association, Lisle, Illinois, to host the Water Resources Congressional Summit in conjunction with the IA’s fly-in. This is the fourth year that the IA has co-hosted the summit along with the NGWA and WQA.
The summit brought in more than 100 water professionals from across the U.S. to highlight policies that affect the accessibility of clean water for all uses. During the summit, attendees heard from David Ross, the Environmental Protection Agency’s assistant administrator for water, as well as from congressional staff members and other water policy experts.
“This year marked the highest attendance we’ve ever had for a Washington, D.C., fly-in,” says John Farner, IA government and public affairs director. “I’m thrilled to see our membership so excited and dedicated to promoting efficient irrigation through sound policies and legislation.”
IA members met with more than 50 congressional offices, advocating for legislation affecting labor, agricultural water use, WaterSense and other issues.
“Our job now is to build on the great work done by the IA membership in telling their personal stories to their elected officials,” continues Farner. “Through continued support of grassroots advocacy, I’m excited about what the future holds for our industry.”
In addition to the summit and congressional meetings, the IA co-hosted a water resources briefing with the NGWA for congressional staff March 4. Focusing on agricultural water use and the effect of per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances on groundwater, more than 30 congressional staff members attended the briefing.