Issue and Policy Priorities for 2015 - 2016
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:
  1. Support for adequate investment in public infrastructure. 
  2. Respect for local authority. 
  3. Reasonable regulations and protection from unfunded mandates.
  4. Support for streamlining government oversight.
  5. 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.


Emergency Management
Risk Map Program
Public Works and National Preparedness
Public Works and the Stafford Act
Public Works and Cyber Security
Public Works & Interoperable Communications
Public Works and Federal Homeland Security/ Emergency Management Grants 

Engineering and Technology
Qualifications Based Selection
Responsible Charge
Americans with Disabilities
Establishing a National Priority for Fuel
Alternative Fuel and Alternative Fuel Vehicles
Solid Waste Management
Electronics Recycling 
Safe Disposal of Pharmaceutical Waste
Integrated Solid Waste Management
Municipal Solid Waste Flow Control
Resource Recovery Utilizing Waste-to-Energy/Thermal Conversion Technologies
Climate Change Legislation & Local Government Adaptation Funding
Reauthorization of Surface Transportation Programs
Improving Urban & Rural Mobility
Streamlining Project Delivery Through Partnerships in Transportation
Intelligent Transportation Systems
Transportation Funding
Partially Federally Funded Transportation Projects
Public Transportation
Transportation Safety
Complete Streets
Freight Movement
Bicycle & Pedestrian Facilities
Utilities and Public Rights of Way
Rights-of-Way Management
Clean Water Policy
Endangered Species Act
Wetlands Protection
Clean Water Act Reauthorization
National Drought Policy
Watershed Approach to Water Quality
Funding for Water, Wastewater, and Stormwater Facilities
Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) Update
Safe Disposal of Pharmaceutical Waste
Federal Sanitary Sewer Overflow (SSO) Policy
Use of RDA to Regulate Stormwater Discharges