Staff Member Meets with Congressional and Administration Staff
As chair of the Government Affairs Committee of the National Ground Water Association (NGWA), Bev Herzog attended the NGWA Legislative Conference on March 23–24, 2009. She met with staff members in the offices of U.S. Senators Durbin, Burris, and Enzi (WY); Representatives Johnson and Schock; and Congresswoman Lummis and Senator Barasso (both WY). This year's issues included passage of the SECURE Water Act and a request for funding for its pilot groundwater monitoring network, a new U.S. Geological Survey study on water quality in domestic wells with a request for a tax credit to well owners who have their wells tested, and inclusion of geothermal heat pumps in potential renewable energy portfolio standards (REPS). The SECURE Water Act was included in the Omnibus Public Lands Act, which had previously passed the Senate and passed the House on March 25. The Act was signed into law shortly thereafter. Illinois plans to apply for the pilot monitoring network program should funds become available. Both the tax credit and REPS requests were met positively. Herzog also took the opportunity to thank the staffs of Representatives Johnson and Schock for the assistance their office provided to fund the Illinois Height Modernization Program. Their continued support was requested. The following day, Herzog and two other government affairs members met with the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of Science Technology and Policy in the Executive office of the President primarily to promote full implementation of the SECURE Water Act.