THE 20TH ANNUAL WASHINGTON CONFERENCE
MAY 14-16, 2018
THE HILTON ALEXANDRIA OLD TOWN
The 20th Annual AMCA Washington Conference took place May 14-16, 2018 at The Hilton Alexandria Old Town Hotel. More than 125 AMCA members and nonmembers met to discuss issues that can only be resolved at the Federal level. The Washington Conference is geared towards those US AMCA members concerned with the impacts of the decisions the federal government makes that have an effect on mosquito control and public health pesticides.
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2018 POSITION PAPERS:
Endangered Species Act Reform
Updates from Capitol Hill visits
The NPDES coalition is following up on our Hill visits by meeting with Senators encouraging them to add language to the Senate farm bill that will eliminate Clean Water Act National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) requirements for pesticide applications, as long as those applications are made in accordance with FIFRA.
NPDES language was included in the House farm bill that failed to pass last Friday due to controversial policy riders. We are grateful to have bipartisan support for our language; hopefully we will gain additional sponsors by spreading our important public health message.
Click here to see the Senators that signed a letter in support of IR-4 funding. If fully funded, the public health pesticide program would be restored to help maintain and develop our toolbox.
After speaking to our group on what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has planned for vector-borne disease preparedness, Susanna Visser and Dr. Lyle Petersen joined AMCA representatives at the headquarters of the National Association of County and City Health Officials (NACCHO).
We also sent delegates to the Association of State and Territorial Health Officials (ASTHO). When public health organizations align, we can optimize our message and use federal dollars more resourcefully.
Thursday and Friday, Sue and Dr. Petersen met with Congressional offices; perfect timing to reinforce our message that the government must boost funding for mosquito control, the SMASH Act and the Division of Vector-Borne Diseases in order to increase vector control capacity throughout the nation.
Endangered Species Act (ESA) Reform
The fun didn't end when we adjourned the conference. AMCA representatives met with the Environmental Protection Agency, US Fish and Wildlife Service, National Marine Fisheries Service, and US Department of Agriculture Wednesday afternoon to discuss mosquito control practices. ESA reform is a complex issue, but it is critical that we continue to raise awareness of "real life" mosquito control so our toolbox is appropriately regulated.
It Doesn't Hurt to ask:
A separate assemblage of AMCA royalty visited the EPA's Office of the Administrator Wednesday to provide an overview of our Association's goals and objectives.
We certainly made the most out of our trip to D.C. We raised awareness of our public health mission, covered a lot of Congressional offices, had fantastic speakers, skits, timely appropriations requests, and coordinated with outside organizations and industry.
Thank Your Local Lawmakers
Remember to thank your Congressmen and women for their time and establish a point of contact for the future. Click here for a template you can use with suggested language for a follow up email.
An enormous thank you to our sponsors for making the meeting possible. Your generosity is noted and appreciated!
Stay tuned for details for next year's conference!