Your representation in the nation's capital, the NGWA Government Affairs Department works to:

  • Boost awareness of the important role groundwater plays in securing drinking water and supporting the agricultural community
  • Ensure that any impacts upon the use, management, protection, and/or remediation of groundwater are consistent with sound scientific and technical understanding
  • Improve the business climate for the groundwater professions.

For more information on NGWA’s advocacy efforts- please visit is NGWA’s latest tool in water policy and advocacy.

It is a one-stop resource for lawmakers, researchers, groundwater advocates, and NGWA members to learn more about the smart water policies created and promoted by NGWA. The site also provides easy to use tools to contact your elected officials in Congress and urge them to support our industry by pursuing smart water policies across the country.


    2020 NGWA policy priorities

    PFAS — In the wake of the U.S. House of Representatives passing the PFAS Action Act of 2019, Congress is now at a standstill on next steps in addressing PFAS (per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances). NGWA stands to serve as a key resource on not only providing the sound science to inform policymakers about these “forever chemicals,” but also provide solutions that our members’ expertise can provide to ensure our groundwater resources are safe and reliable. Our members will be advocating the following regarding PFAS:

    • Supporting a bipartisan solution that creates a maximum contaminant level — or MCL — for PFOA (perfluorooctanoic acid) and PFOS (perfluorooctanesulfonic acid) based on the best available science
    • Dedicating financial and technical resources to private well owners for testing and remediating PFAS
    • Properly funding PFAS programs and solutions to ensure our groundwater is safe and reliable.

    Managed aquifer recharge — More and more pressure is being placed on our nation’s groundwater resources — for drinking, agriculture, etc. — and in many cases the demand is outweighing the rate in which it is recharged. In some cases, aquifer recharge is dependent on farmers overirrigating their crops, placing the burden of recharge on inefficient practices and methods. Managed aquifer recharge is a key component to groundwater management and necessary to ensure our groundwater resources remain a reliable source of water for generations to come. Unfortunately, capital and infrastructure limitations remain as hurdles to properly recharge our nation’s aquifers. Our members will be advocating the following regarding managed aquifer recharge:

    • Supporting the creation of the Reclamation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Pilot Program, as described in S. 1932
    • Supporting the Aquifer Recharge Flexibility Act — HR. 2871 and S. 1570.

    U.S. Geologic Survey — In recent years, the USGS’s focus on groundwater has decreased. Unfortunately, much of the data and resources groundwater professionals have come to rely upon have either gone away completely or their funding has been significantly reduced. NGWA supports the USGS focus on groundwater and would like to see its focus on groundwater data increase, rather than decrease over time. Our members will be advocating the following regarding the USGS:

    • Funding the National Ground-Water Monitoring Network at $4 million for fiscal year 2021
    • Reinvesting in USGS focus and congressional oversight on supporting groundwater support and scientific research.

    Government affairs staff

    Ben Frech
    Public Affairs and Regional Public Policy Manager
    (800) 551-7379 or (614) 898-7791, ext. 1570

    Chuck Job
    Manager of Regulatory Affairs
    (800) 551-7379 or (614) 898-7791, ext. 1561 


    Today’s groundwater professional faces a number of political issues that, when resolved, will directly effect the natural resource and the future of the groundwater industry. That is why NGWA has established a political action committee — NGWA-PAC. It is part of a three-tier NGWA government affairs strategy with Washington, D.C., representation, and a grassroots contact network, the NGWA Standard Bearer Network.

    Federal law prohibits trade associations from contributing dues income to federal candidates. However, NGWA can encourage its members and their employees to play an active role by making personal contributions to NGWA-PAC. Corporate and associations contributions are prohibited. Contributions are not tax-deductible for federal tax purposes.

    For more information about contributing to NGWA-PAC, call NGWA at (800) 551-7379 or (614) 898-7791.