We strive to be the go-to resource on Western Water issues through:
These are the underlying principles which guide the advocacy program of the National Water Resources Association that is spearheaded by our Federal Affairs Committee and several Task Forces and Caucuses.
Applying each one of these principles on a daily basis has strengthened NWRA’s position as a “go to” resource for information and thoughtful and informed analysis of proposed policies. NWRA is also recognized for its ability to mobilize essential and timely interface between federal decision-makers and their constituents.
On this, and linked pages, you will find recent NWRA communication to Congress and the various departments and agencies within the federal government as well as other relevant policy related items.
Organized by each of our active task forces and caucuses, you will find letters to congressional leadership, committees having jurisdiction over Western water issues, agencies and departments of the federal government, and any judicial filings by NWRA. You will also find written testimony on legislative issues and public comment on regulatory action.
Federal Affairs Committee
Develops and monitors emerging federal legislative and regulatory policy initiatives that may impact Western Water, NWRA members and/or their respective customers. In addition the committee oversees and coordinates the efforts of the task forces, committees, and caucuses noted below and ensures their efforts are consistent with the directives and actions of the association's board and other operational committees.Christine Arbogast – Chair
Paul Arrington – Vice Chair
The following task forces, committees, and caucuses coordinate directly with the Federal Affairs Committee in developing and fulfilling NWRA's federal policy objectives.
Army Corps Task Force
Lyn Clancy – Chair
Andrea Travnicek – Vice Chair
The Endangered Species Act and the National Environmental Policy Act are primary policy areas for the Environment Task Force. Both of these environmental laws, and regulatory implementation of them, influence the development, management, delivery and conservation of Western water resources.Jordan Smith – Chair
Andy Colosimo – Vice Chair
Groundwater Task Force
Mark E. Rude – Chair
Aaron Balok – Vice Chair
Litigation Review Committee
While much of NWRA’s advocacy focuses on legislative and administrative proposals, the judicial branch and its rulings can have a major impact on the development and management of Western water resources. The Litigation Review Committee, made up of talented Western water legal experts committed to NWRA’s goals, monitors legal cases on endangered species, environmental compliance, water quality and more.Patrick Sigl – Chair
Larry Martin – Vice Chair
Waterpower Task ForceLeslie James – Chair
Darvin Fales – Vice Chair
Water Quality Task Force
Defining “waters of the United States” is a decades-long challenge. And an emerging issue — “forever chemicals” — keeps this task force busy. There is much focus on both issues legislatively, but new Clean Water Act regulatory action will surely add to the work of this group.
David Filippi – Chair
Watershed Health Task Force
In the last decade, the West has increased awareness of the impact of wildfires on water supply and delivery. The Watershed Health Task Force focuses on forest management from healthy forest practices to effective suppression resources to post-fire mitigation. When the fires are out, the greatest threat is to water supply.Dave Reynolds – Chair
Andy Colosimo – Vice Chair
An abundant and sustainable water supply for diverse Western water users is a top priority for NWRA. While supply is linked to environment and climate conditions, like prolonged drought, it is also linked to a strong backbone of infrastructure. NWRA was a key player in the the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act provisions which included significant investment in new and aging infrastructure.
Don Krauss – Chair
Charles Gibson – Vice Chair
Aron Balok – Co-chair
Mark E. Rude – Co-chair
Sandy Fabritz – Chair
Irrigation CaucusChuck Freeman – President
Meghan Scott – Vice President
Samantha Barncastle - Secretary Treasurer
Municipal CaucusScott Paxman – Chair
Linda Ackerman – Vice Chair