ALEXANDRIA, Va. — In celebration of its 25th anniversary, the Water Environment Research Foundation (WERF) recently recognized Virginia Representative Jim Moran for his many years of support, according to a press release.

WERF coordinates unbiased, scientifically rigorous water quality research among teams of federal, state and local agencies, noted the release.

Although federal spending on wastewater infrastructure has significantly declined, Rep. Moran has continued to support WERF, the release reported.

For many years WERF received federal funding through Appropriation Subcommittees on which he served, continued the release, and those funds have been leveraged at a rate of 3:1 or better with support from local wastewater treatment facilities.

According to the release, as he is retiring Rep. Moran has asked Congress to redouble its efforts to support water quality research, as WERF’s efforts have improved human and ecological health, fostered new water quality management processes and spear-headed the development of new technologies.

Read the full release here.