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  • February 22, 2018 - Luncheon at the Elephant and Castle featuring David Goldbloom-Helzner, US EPA, Office of Water. The topic is, "Response and Recovery of Water and Wastewater Utilities from 2017 Hurricanes." For reservations, please email


  • March 21, 2017 - FWQA is co-sponsoring the World Water Day Concert in Alexandria, VA on March 21, 2017. The theme is "Earth is our Mother." Flyer for more information
  • March 30, 2017 - Luncheon at the Elephant and Castle featuring Mr. G. Tracy Mehan, Executive Director of Government Affairs for the American Water Works Association (AWWA). The topic is, "Water Infrastructure: Now and Future." Registration and more information


  • December 8, 2016 - Luncheon at the Elephant and Castle featuring Ms. Patricia Sinicropi, Senior Director of Legislative Affairs for the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA). The topic is, "Opportunities and Challenges Facing the New Administration and the 115th Congress." Registration and more information
  • February 25, 2016 - Luncheon at the Elephant and Castle featuring Steve Saari, Interim Chief, Watershed Protection Division, Planning and Restoration Branch, District Department of Energy & Environment (DOEE) for the DC Government. Steve's presentation More information


  • June 07, 2015 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM - 2015 Friends of Biosolids Reception at the Long View Gallery in Washington, D.C. More information. Promotion Flyer Sponsorship Form
  • June 8, 2015 - The Water Environment Federation (WEF) is hosting, "Making Scents Out of Wastewater Odors: A Step-By-Step Guide to Managing Your Odor Problems" Seminar at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. For more information and to register, go to WEF's Registration page.
  • June 8-9, 2015 - WEF is hosting a Fats, Oils and Grease (FOG) Management Seminar at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. WEF will be running FOG, disinfection and odors seminars during the larger conference. For more information and to register, go to WEF's FOG Management Seminar page.
  • June 9, 2015 - WEF is hosting, "Addressing Disinfection Needs in the Chesapeake Bay Area" Seminar at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C. For more information and to register, go to WEF's Registration page.
  • March 19, 2015 - Luncheon tentatively planned for March 19, 2015 at 11:30 am at the Elephant and Castle at 1201 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW, Washington, D.C. will feature Claudia Copeland, Specialist in environmental policy with the Resources, Science and Industry Division of the Congressional Research Service, U.S. Library of Congress.


Theme: "Maximizing Innovation for Water Quality Improvements"



Theme: “Three R’s of Water Infrastructure: Recovery, Resiliency, Renewal”

  • 03/21/2013 - Luncheon at the Channel Inn with a program entitled “Exploring the Use of Low-Impact Development as a Way to Reduce Costs, Protect the Environment and Provide a Sustainable Infrastructure. Speakers were Chris Kloss from EPA and Maureen Holman from DC Water. See a copy of the flyer , Chris’s presentation , and Maureen’s presentation .


  • 02/28/2013 - Luncheon at the Channel Inn with a program entitled “Three R’s of Water Infrastructure - Recovery, Resiliency, Renewal: Response and Recovery from Hurricane Sandy.” The luncheon offered an insider's look at the federal government's response to Hurricane Sandy and the recovery efforts of the local utilities in restoring their water and wastewater facilities.

    Speakers Rich Weisman and David Goldbloom-Helzner of the EPA Office of Water made a presentation on the hurricane response (PPT) and shared some of the successes and challenges posed during and after the storm, including:


    • The success of WARN (the Water/Wastewater Agency Response Network), a voluntary support network of utilities in which utilities that were not affected by the storm came to the assistance of those that were, providing generators and other types of assistance.
    • The use of the recently developed Fed FUND (Federal Funding for Utilities in National Disasters), a web-based tool providing information, tips and example applications for utilities to apply for federal disaster funding.
    • The difficulties faced in determining how to allocate the $600 million in State Revolving Funds allocated to the storm relief. The funds are intended to target projects that will build resiliency and/or reduce flood risk, but it has been a challenge to define "resiliency."
    • The challenge of balancing the desire of some communities to return to normal operations as quickly as possible vs. the desire to take the time and planning needed to create effective, long-term solutions.

Pictured, left to right: Rich Weisman and David Goldbloom-Helzner answer audience questions.



Claudia Copeland, Congressional Research Service
Claudia Copeland, CRS

Claudia Copeland, Congressional Research Service
Claudia Copeland, Congressional Research Service

FWQA members and guests attended the FWQA kick-off luncheon on November 29, 2012, featuring an interesting presentation by Claudia Copeland of the Congressional Research Service. Copeland offered her outlook on the 113th Congress and its potential effects on the water and wastewater industry. She reviewed expected changes in leadership to committees of interest to the industry, including the potential implications of the installation of Rep. Bill Shuster (R-PA) as the new chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee. She also discussed possible development regarding the Water Resources Development Act and the Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act.



Theme: “Exploring the Value of Clean Water”

  • 06/11/2012 - Keynote Address by Karen Pallansch at 2012 Scholarship Luncheon
  • 04/12/2012 - Luncheon meeting with speakers John Hasse and Issa Bitang Tiati, from World Vision, talk entitled “Exploring the Value of Water: Can We Make Adequate Sanitation for Everyone a Reality?”
  • 12/15/2011Luncheon meeting , Thursday December 15 at DuPont Hotel, 1500 New Hampshire Avenue, NW, Washington



Theme: “Protecting Our Global Water Resources”

  • 05/12/2011 – Luncheon with Wendy Larson, LimnoTech Senior Scientist and Business Leader for water sustainability and water footprinting issues (flyer , presentation )
  • 03/24/2011 – Luncheon with John Sauer, Assistant Director of Thought Leadership for Water for People (presentation )
  • 02/10/2011 Luncheon with speaker Ben Grumbles, President, Clean Water America Alliance (flyer )
  • 12/01/2010 – Joint luncheon event with USAIDIS, the U.S. chapter of the Inter-American Association of Sanitary and Environmental Engineers

Horst Otterstetter speaking on impacts of pharmaceuticals in waters in Brazil
The audience asks questions during Horst Otterstetter's talk, December 1, 2010

Qunicalee Brown, President of US Chapter of AIDIS


  • 09/30/2010 - Luncheon with speaker Gilberto Irizarry, EPA Office of Emergency Management (flyer )



Theme: “The Next Generation of Water…Challenges & Opportunities”

  • 04/29/2010 – Luncheon hosted by the Canadian Embassy, Washington, DC. Speaker – Kevin O’Shea, Minister for Political Affairs

Luncheon hosted by the Canadian Embassy
Kevin O’Shea, Minister for Political Affairs

  • 03/24/2010 – Luncheon with Joe Romm, Editor of Climate Progress and a Senior Fellow at the Center for New American Progress (flyer )

Luncheon with Joe Romm Luncheon with Joe Romm
Joe Romm, Editor of Climate Progress

  • 02/24/2010 – Luncheon with speaker Jeff Lape, Director of the Chesapeake Bay Program (flyer , FAQ )
  • 01/29/2010 – Luncheon with Cliff Randall and Rich Batiuk, co-hosted with the American Academy of Environmental Engineers (flyer )



Theme: “Evolving Perspectives on Water Resources Management”

  • 12/04/2008 – Claudia Copeland, Congressional Research Service, “Perspectives on the 111th Congress” (presentation )
  • 02/20/2009 – Paul Freedman, WEF President-Elect, “21st Century Challenges for the Water Professional” (presentation ) (pictures from event)
  • 03/26/2009 – Patricia Sincropi, NACWA Director of Legislative Affairs, “Meeting Clean Water Needs with American Recover y and Investment Act” (presentation )
  • 04/23/2009 – Jeff Corbin, Virginia Assistant Secretary of Natural Resources, “3 Down…1 To Go: 2009 – Governor Kaine’s Year of the Environment and Energy” (presentation )

Tracy Mehan addressing FWQA


Theme: “Building Sustainable Communities”

  • 11/29/2007 – Rick Thoesen, Deputy General Manager of Loudoun County’s Sanitation Authority, “Water and Sewer Sustainability in a Competitive Economic Corridor: Loudoun County’s Challenge for the Future.”
  • 01/17/2008 – Jerry Johnson, General Manager, DC WASA, “The District of Columbia Water and Sewer Authority's Comprehensive Wet Weather Management Initiatives” (presentation )
  • 02/14/2008 – Tracy Mehan, The Cadmus Group, “Energy, Climate Change, and Sustainable Water Management”
  • 03/20/2008 – Uwe Brandes Managing Director of Initiatives at the Urban Land Institute, and Paul Kibel, lecturer in Water Policy at the University of California at Berkeley “American’s Urban River Restoration”
  • 04/17/2008 – Suzanne Adams, Sustainability Project Leader, Weston Solutions, “The Race for Green”

Tracy Mehan receiving award


Theme: “Evolving Perspectives on Water Resources Management”

  • 11/14/2006 – Peter Gleick, Pacific Institute for Studies in Development, Environment and Security “The Business of Water: New Opportunities and New Challenges”
  • 02/15/2007 – Claudia Copeland, Congressional Research Service “A Look at the New Congress”
  • 04/26/2007 – Jim Sullivan, General Counsel, the Water Environment Federation “Building a Culture of Water Security”


  • 09/29/2005 – Greg R. Masson, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, “Partnerships between DOI/FWS and EPA and Other Agencies”
  • 11/17/2005 – Jim Wheeler, U.S. EPA and Tim Schmitt, LimnoTech, “Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in New Orleans: A Primer on the Environmental Handling of Billions and Billions of Gallons of Floodwater”
  • 02/23/2006 – Linda Kelly, Managing Director for Public Education, the Water Environment Federation, “WEF Outreach Strategy”
  • 03/30/2006 – Jeff Corbin, Virginia Assistant Secretary of Natural Resources, “The Next 4 Years – A Focused Approach to Improving the Health of Virginia’s Waters”
  • 04/27/2006 – Nancy Stoner, Natural Resources Defense Council, and “EPA's Blending Policy: A Product of Partnership”

Other Events

  • 10/02/2008 – Tour of EPA Green Infrastructure, led by Anne Weinberg, Communications Coordinator, EPA Office of Wetlands, Oceans and Watersheds
  • 09/18/2006 – Tour of Green Roof at Casey Trees
  • 10/07/2005 – "Community Responses to Water Quality in New Zealand" at the Embassy of New Zealand

Annual Events