WEF’s Stormwater Institute (SWI) hosted its first member policy forum on Tuesday, March 21 at the beginning of the National Water Policy Fly-In.

This event, exclusive to SWI members, featured policy briefings from congressional staff, federal agencies, and included an update on early thoughts related to the proposed executive “skinny budget”.  Approximately 30 participants comprised of SWI member organizations participated in the event.

  • Hillary Gross, legislative director for U.S. Rep Bob Gibbs (R-Ohio), and Mae Stevens, environment legislative assistant to U.S. Sen Benjamin Cardin (D-Md.), provided updates regarding pending legislation and federal budget related issues.
  • Deborah Nagle and Chris Kloss from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency Water Permits Division, Office of Wastewater Management and Susan Jones with the U.S. Department of Transportation Federal Highway Administration provided updates on agency stormwater programs and priorities.

In addition to interacting with speakers, SWI members also contributed to discussions focused on stormwater program challenges, funding and financing, and infrastructure needs. This input will be utilized to refine SWI priorities and to further develop stormwater policy initiatives for the benefit of the sector.

Find out more about SWI Membership.