Your representation in the nation's capital.

NGWA's 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.

2019 NGWA policy priorities

Government affairs staff

John Farner
Federal Affairs Director
(800) 551-7379 or (614) 898-7791, ext. 1593

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 

NGWA grassroots toolkit

Looking for ways to get engaged in NGWA's government affairs efforts? Check out NGWAs Guide to Grassroots Political Action, or, as we refer to it, the grassroots advocacy toolkit. It includes opportunities on how you, as an NGWA member, can get involved in government affairs. Whether in Washington, D.C., or from the comfort of your home, this toolkit provides you with several options for getting engaged.


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.