Kristina Surfus, NACWA | 2022 WWD Young Pros

May 12, 2022
Kristina Surfus’s work at NACWA has impacted numerous wastewater and stormwater utilities whether they know it or not.

A passion for environmental issues lies at the heart of Kristina Surfus’ ambition. She is the managing director, government affairs for the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, where her most recent efforts have focused on the issue of PFAS in wastewater. She also highlighted her work on the Integrated Municipal Stormwater and Wastewater Planning Approach Framework as something she is also quite proud of.

Surfus talks about how her generation will influence the industry, how DIY house projects keep her active in her free time and why utilities should get more involved in the communities that they serve.

Additional Resources


  • Intro | 0:00
  • Career path | 0:56
  • Why water? | 3:49
  • Most memorable projects and bodies of work | 5:19
  • The generational influence on the water industry | 7:59
  • Rest, relaxation and letting loose | 9:02
  • DIY house projects and yard work | 9:48
  • Washington, D.C. rain garden program | 10:40
  • How to cater to the next generation of water professionals | 11:23
  • Why utilities should be more involved with the community | 13:13
  • Outro | 15:08

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