APWA Board Director Bill Spearman Testifies Before House Subcommittee

APWA Board Director-At-Large for Environmental Management, Bill Spearman, recently testified on Capitol Hill before the U.S. House Transportation & Infrastructure Committee’s Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment.  The hearing was entitled, "Building a 21st Century Infrastructure for America: Improving Water Quality through Integrated Planning.  Including Mr. Spearman, the witness panel was comprised of a city mayor, a county commissioner, a state water quality program director, and a representative from an environmental advocacy organization. Testimony primarily focused on  the status of the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) implementation of integrated planning policy. Much of the attention was aimed at ways for the EPA to allow for flexibility to states and municipalities in developing and implementing integrated plans.

Mr. Spearman is a water-resources engineer from Saluda, South Carolina with over 40 years’ experience in stormwater and watershed management. Within his testimony, Mr. Spearman shared that he was testifying on behalf of  APWA’s nearly 30,000 members who understand that clean water is important for the wellbeing, economic, social and environmental health of their communities, and he stressed that water is necessary for all human activities including agriculture, manufacturing and simple subsistence.