KWEA Government Affairs Committee

Objectives and Goals

The Kansas Water Environment Association’s Government Affairs Committee’s objective is to keep the membership of KWEA informed of governmental activities and policies relating to the operation of wastewater systems in the State. Additionally, the Committee will endeavor to provide a forum for KWEA members to discuss and review water environment regulatory issues and their impact on the State. The Committee will maintain an awareness of all water environment issues affecting the communities and wastewater service providers of the State and provide educational information to KWEA members that relates to government issues affecting the membership in the form of an annual advocacy priorities letter for the executive board to review.

Activities and Duties

The Government Affairs Committee shall conduct, but not be limited to the following activities:

  • Meet a minimum of four times per year to provide a forum for discussion of governmental/regulatory issues affecting the membership.
  • Provide articles and information relating to regulatory issues for publication in Splashings.
  • In conjunction with the appropriate committees, represent KWEA to KDHE and EPA on matters regarding water quality, treatment standards, and NPDES permit programs that affect municipalities.
  • Facilitate one technical track at the KWEA Annual Conference with a focus on governmental issues of interest to the membership.
  • Apprise the KWEA Board of regulatory and governmental issues that the Committee feels KWEA membership should be aware of and support.
  • Represent KWEA positions and policies on water environment issues at Federal, State, and local levels.
  • Provide support and assistance to the membership in explaining water environment regulations to local communities and governing bodies.
  • Complete quarterly reports and submit them to the board liaison by the end of each quarter.
  • Complete and submit an annual report to the Vice President on the committee's activities at least 30 days prior to the annual meeting. The Vice President will compile the committee annual reports, distribute them to the Board, and turn them over to the new Vice President for use in assessing changes for the next program year.