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Sending Office: Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure
Sent By:
Kristine.O’Brien@mail.house.gov

Original Cosponsors: Reps. DeFazio, Napolitano, Young, and Katko

Dear Colleague:

Before adoption of the Clean Water Act, many rivers were little more than open sewers, with some so polluted that they literally caught on fire. In 1972, Congress enacted the landmark bi-partisan Clean Water Act which fundamentally changed the way we address
pollution in this country – setting strong, national water quality standards and providing substantial financial assistance to communities to meet their local water quality challenges.

For close to 80 years, Congress has provided Federal funds to municipalities to address local water quality challenges, including sewage treatment and stormwater needs. In 1987, the original direct grant program was converted to a Clean Water State Revolving
Fund (“Clean Water SRF”) authority that provides funding directly to States, which in-turn, provide below-market loans to communities to finance local wastewater infrastructure needs.

The authorization of appropriations for the Clean Water SRF expired in 1994, although Congress has continued to fund this critical investment in our Nation’s wastewater infrastructure. It is important for Congress to renew its commitment to addressing the
water-related infrastructure challenges facing communities.

That is why we hope you will support our bill, H.R. 1497, the “Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act of 2019,” which authorizes
approximately $23.5 billion in direct infrastructure investment over the next five years to address America’s crumbling wastewater infrastructure and local water quality challenges. This bipartisan bill renews the Federal commitment to addressing local
water quality challenges by providing an infusion of Federal assistance for the construction, repair, and replacement of our network of wastewater and stormwater conveyance and treatment facilities.

H.R. 1497 is currently supported by 80 national, regional, and local organizations representing construction, labor, industry, municipal, and environmental organizations and utilities, including:  the Alliance for the Great Lakes, the American Concrete Pipe
Association, the Council of Infrastructure Finance Authorities, the International Union of Operating Engineers, the National Association of Clean Water Agencies, the National Association of Counties, the National League of Cities, the National Utility Contractors
Association, the National Wildlife Federation, the National Water Resources Association, the Natural Resources Defense Council, the Southern Environmental Law Center, the U.S. Conference of Mayors, the Water Environment Federation, and the Western Recycled
Water Coalition.

If you have any questions, or are interested in cosponsoring H.R. 1497, please call the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure at (202) 225-4472 or email Alexa Old Crow.

Sincerely,

 

PETER A. DEFAZIO, Chair

Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure

 

GRACE F. NAPOLITANO, Chair

Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment

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