Lisa Blunt Rochester

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Lisa Blunt Rochester

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Supporting organizations: Alliance for the Great Lakes, Children’s Environmental Health Network, Clean Water Action, Earthjustice, Environmental Law & Policy Center, Freshwater Future, Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes
Coalition, League of Conservation Voters, National Wildlife Federation, PolicyLink, Sierra Club


Dear Colleague: 

Please join me in sending a letter to the Interior and Environment Appropriations Subcommittee. We are urging the Subcommittee to provide increased funding to the Safe Water for Small and Disadvantaged Communities Program in fiscal year (FY) 2021. 

This program provides federal funding to small and disadvantaged communities that without this program would be unable to provide their citizens access to clean and safe drinking water that is protective to their health. 

If you have any questions or would like to sign onto this letter, please contact Alexandra Gilliland at by March 17, 2020. 


Member of Congress 



Dear Chairman McCollum and Ranking Member Joyce:

As you begin work on the Fiscal Year 2021 Interior, Environment, and Related Agencies Appropriations bill, we write to urge robust funding for the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Safe Water for Small and Disadvantaged Communities Program. We thank the
Committee for funding this important program at $20 million in the FY 2020 House-approved bill, and specifically request it be funded at $25 million this year.

The role of EPA is to protect human health and the environment, and this program does just that. EPA’s FY 2018-2022 Strategic Plan pledges to deliver a cleaner, safer and healthier environment by providing clean and safe water. Without robust funding to programs
like the Safe Water for Small and Disadvantaged Communities Program, EPA cannot fulfill its mission. Too many people in this country lack access to clean and safe water, threatening their health and safety. All too often, this lack of access falls disproportionately
in rural, low-income, or communities of color.   Without this critical program, these are the communities that will suffer.

Every person in this country deserves access to clean and safe drinking water, regardless of their race, where they live, or their socioeconomic status. The Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA) establishes drinking water standards that are protective of human health,
both for naturally occurring and man-made contaminants. The Safe Water for Small and Disadvantaged Communities Program was created to support communities that, without federal funding, would be out of compliance with the SDWA standards, and therefore not protective
of human health.

We urge you to fund this vital program at $25 million. Thank you for your consideration of this request.


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