NGWA announces 2018 Groundwater Fly-In and Water Resources Congressional Summit

February 13, 2018

(WESTERVILLE, OH — February 13, 2018) The National Ground Water Association (NGWA) today announced it will host its 2018 Groundwater Fly-In and Water Resources Congressional Summit in Washington, D.C., March 6 and 7 to raise awareness, and promote the importance, of water resources to the economy.

Under joint sponsorship with the Irrigation Association and the Water Quality Association, the event is organized to increase the water industry’s profile on Capitol Hill regarding the availability, quality, and safety of our nation’s water resources. The 2018 NGWA Groundwater Fly-In will ensure members of Congress are aware of the important role groundwater plays in providing drinking water, supporting agriculture, and fueling various sectors of the economy.

The 2018 NGWA Groundwater Fly-In will focus on four major themes:

  • Investing in water infrastructure
  • The farm bill and the rural economy
  • Geoscience and the workforce
  • Groundwater as natural infrastructure.

Additional event details include:

  • Guest speakers from Capitol Hill, the administration, and others, including: Tim Petty, Assistant Secretary, Office of Water and Science, Department of the Interior; and Lynn Sweet, Washington Bureau Chief, Chicago Tribune
  • A day of Capitol Hill meetings arranged by NGWA staff
  • A networking reception with colleagues from the Water Quality Association and the Irrigation Association
  • Tips for continued grassroots activities throughout the year.

“This event is the only time all year when our biggest advocates can join forces with their groundwater colleagues in Washington to demonstrate the value groundwater plays in sustaining the economy and securing drinking water for millions of Americans,” said Lauren Schapker, director of government affairs for NGWA. “While NGWA staff works hard throughout the year to represent the interests of groundwater, if we don’t come together to help protect groundwater, who will?”


The National Ground Water Association is a not-for-profit professional society and trade association for the global groundwater industry. Our members around the world include leading public and private sector groundwater scientists, engineers, water well system professionals, manufacturers, and suppliers of groundwater-related products and services. The Association’s vision is to be the leading groundwater association advocating for responsible development, management, and use of water.