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Source: StamfordPlus.com

Environmentalists applaud Congressman Bishop for seeking more waste water infrastructure funding in proposed economic recovery plan

BY PRESS RELEASE

Posted: January 28, 2009
Originally Published: January 27, 2009

Congressman Timothy Bishop (D-NY 1) submitted a critical amendment to increase federal funding in the economic recovery package for wastewater infrastructure needs from $6 billion to $12 billion. The House Rules Committee, Chaired by Congresswoman Slaughter (D-NY 28) is considering H.R. 1: The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 this afternoon.

Environmentalists have launched a national push to increase funding to fix our nation’s aging and failing wastewater infrastructure. Over the next 20 years, Connecticut needs at least $5 billion and New York will need at least $36 billion for wastewater infrastructure.

“Congressman Bishop is a champion for clean water and this latest effort exemplifies his commitment,” said Adrienne Esposito, CCE Executive Director. “We are in desperate need for increased funding and this amendment is critically needed."

While the nation’s clean water infrastructure need continues to grow, federal investment has shrunk. Since 2004, the federal government has reduced funding for New York State’s vital wastewater infrastructure by 50%, shifting the burden of paying for this infrastructure onto local governments. The lack of federal support for essential infrastructure is crippling, resulting in sewage fouling our beaches, polluting our waters and over-burdening already cash-strapped municipalities.

”The Bishop Clean Water Infrastructure Amendment should be adopted to protect public health and strengthen our economy,” said Dereth Glance, CCE Executive Program Director. “Failing sewage treatment plants don’t fix themselves; we need the leadership of Congress to restore our core clean water infrastructure."

”We need all our Congressional representatives to join Congressman Bishop in calling for this increased funding,” Esposito concluded.

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