Water infrastructure in the Great Lakes region is crumbling, outdated, and leaking. According the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, over the next 20 years almost $180 billion is needed to repair and upgrade our drinking water and wastewater infrastructure. Nationally, the cost is even higher.
As appropriators are beginning to make decisions about where to allocate money in Fiscal Year 2019, Senators have sent two letters asking them to consider several kinds of water infrastructure funding. The two letters ask for full and robust funding for:
- Clean Water State Revolving Fund
- Drinking Water State Revolving Fund
- Assistance for Small and Disadvantaged Communities grants
- Reducing Lead in Drinking Water grants
- Lead Testing in School and Child Care Program Drinking Water Grants
Many Senators in the Great Lakes region signed on to show their support for this important water infrastructure funding. The letters were circulated by Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), and signed on to by Great Lakes Sens. Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis.), Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio), Bob Casey (D-Pa.), Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), Kristen Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), Gary Peters (D-Mich.), and Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.). Senators Tina Smith (D-Minn.) and Joe Donnelly (D-Ind.) signed on to support State Revolving Funding letter, specifically.