Issues and Positions

Advocacy Priorities

APWA advocates policies that create livable communities and economic growth on behalf of all levels of government. APWA’s public policy objectives are guided by these principles:
  • Support for adequate investment in public infrastructure
  • Respect for local authority
  • Reasonable regulations and protection from unfunded mandates
  • Support for streamlining government oversight
  • Support for sustainability and environmental stewardship.


Surface Transportation
APWA supports Congress’ ongoing efforts to pass a multi-year, multimodal surface transportation authorization. We believe Congress should increase federal investment in transportation infrastructure, maintain a strong federal role, and provide dedicated, reliable and equitable funding to both state and local governments for building, maintaining and operating state and local systems.

Sustainability, Environmental Protection and Public Health
APWA supports legislative and regulatory issues that encourage sustainable environmental protection and public health.

Wastewater and Drinking Water Infrastructure Funding
APWA supports Increase the federal investment in clean water and drinking water infrastructure.

Comprehensive Stormwater Management and Funding
APWA supports solutions that promote a comprehensive approach to stormwater management that recognizes the quality of life benefits associated with such actions. Support funding for the research pilot projects that support the development of best management practices.

Emergency Management
APWA supports increasing federal Investment to public works as first responders for all-hazards approach in disaster assistance, security of public works infrastructure systems and emergency management that move toward effective mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery support.

Advocacy Position Statements

An Advocacy Position Statement will clearly state APWA support for, or opposition to, a legislative issue. This statement will be issue-specific in nature, and directed to local, state, and national legislators and governmental agency administrators.