Federal Advocacy

The Irrigation Association will be taking the Smart Irrigation Month message to Congress.

Contact Your Members of Congress

The Irrigation Association’s online Legislative Action Center makes it easy to become an advocate for your company and the entire irrigation industry. During Smart Irrigation Month, be sure to lend your voice to the policy discussion with IA’s Legislative Action Center.Use this Legislative Action Center for the below asks.

Help us support WaterSense authorization this Smart Irrigation Month

Send a letter to your member of Congress in support of the Environmental Protection Agency's WaterSense Program. This year, three bills that would authorize WaterSense have been introduced. Another bill will be filed soon.

WaterSense bills include the following:

  • S. 1137 – Clean Safe Reliable Water Infrastructure Act
  • H.R. 3248 – Water Advanced Technologies for Efficient Resource Use Act of 2017

A broader bill that includes WaterSense authorization is

  • S. 1460 – Energy and Natural Resources Act of 2017.

We are recommending that Congress

  • authorize the WaterSense program. In past Congresses, WaterSense authorization efforts have separately passed both the House and Senate as part of larger legislation, but they have never been able to reach the President’s desk and be signed into law.
  • protect the WaterSense program from being zeroed out. The Irrigation Association, made up of manufacturers, distributors and contractors from across the United States, fully supports and believes in the WaterSense program. The IA believes that a healthy voluntary partnership with the EPA is much more beneficial to our industry than any future regulations on landscape irrigation water use.

Help us promote irrigation efficiency in the 2018 Farm Bill this Smart Irrigation Month

The Farm Bill is due for reauthorization in 2018. As Congress works on this bill during 2017, our goals are to increase funding for voluntary conservation programs and relax restrictions on farmers investing in increased on-farm irrigation efficiencies.

We are asking that Congress

  • support the Environmental Quality Incentives Program through the Farm Bill process. We request that the EQIP program be funded at $1.75 billion per year, which is the authorized amount for fiscal year 2018.
  • relax restrictions on farmers who are looking to invest in efficient irrigation practices. Currently, to qualify for EQIP, farmers need to forecast water savings and are not able to derive direct benefits from their saved water. Increasing productivity per unit of water applied should be a goal of EQIP and reflected as such in the program.
  • add water quantity as a national initiative. Currently, national initiatives include the following: air quality, on-farm energy, high tunnel system and organic.