Introduction and Overview
The majority of congressional offices continue to meet virtually with constituents at this time. NACWA encourages utilities to request meetings with their Members of Congress and staff, knowing they may be virtual. If in-person, current protocols include requiring the full names of all visitors before the scheduled visit and limits on numbers of meeting attendees. On the day of a visit, visitors must complete a health screening form, provide proof of vaccination and a photo ID, and wear a mask. Congressional staff must escort visitors from the building entrance to their meeting. NACWA encourages utilities to request meetings sooner rather than later to increase the likelihood of success.
Updated as of February 2022
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Get Involved! It’s a Privilege and a Right of Citizenship.
From the beginning, citizenship in America was designed for people to help govern themselves.
BEFORE THE MEETING
to a successful Congressional meeting is thorough preparation and strong
understanding of the facts. Therefore, you should start preparing for your
meeting several weeks before the meeting is set to
DURING THE MEETING
During the meeting, the most important aspect to consider is staying on message and presenting your points clearly and concisely. It is important to come prepared with talking points, so you can conduct a successful meeting, as well as establish yourself as a knowledgeable resource on the issueREAD MORE
AFTER THE MEETING
to most long-term projects, advocacy work is more like a marathon than a
sprint. Thus, achieving advocacy goals requires persistence and follow through.
The best way to maintain these relationships is to continue interacting with
your member of Congress by following up and checking-in.
Plan a Facility TourWhy Host?
PLANNING YOUR TOUR
Take your advocacy initiative to the next level by inviting elected officials to your plant to see the important role your facility plays in the community.GET STARTED
ORGANIZING THE TOUR
A well organized tour can make the difference in creating a lasting impression on your guests.GET STARTED
CONDUCTING THE TOUR
creating an active tour experience, elected officials will gain first-hand
experience with the everyday aspects of your facility.
By conducting a facility tour, you are establishing a cooperative relationship with a legislator and her/his staff. It is crucial to continue checking in to ensure they remember your utility.GET STARTED
While NACWA staff work hard on Capitol Hill to inform the legislative process, individual meetings by NACWA members play a critical role in advancing the Association’s overall advocacy agenda. These meetings between a utility and the elected representatives serving the utility’s ratepayers are among the most important advocacy actions that a clean water agency can take.LEARN MORE