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Seeking more money for stream buffers

Want more money for stream buffers, wetlands restoration, low impact  development, controlling combined sewer overflows, source water  protection, rehabilitating aging sewer pipes and treatment plants? 

There is legislation moving in the Senate that can help you.  The Senate  Environment & Public Works Committee is about to introduce and mark up a  bill that will reauthorize the Clean Water and Safe Drinking Water  revolving funds.  The CWN Urban Wet Weather/Water Infrastructure  workgroup has put together a draft bill and fact sheet that would

1.  Substantially increase funding for state clean water and safe  drinking water projects

2.  Spend that money on more cost-effective and environmentally  beneficial projects

3.  Improve public participation in the funding process and increase  state accountability for the expenditure of federal funds

4.  Not allow the money to be spent to fund sprawl or entities in  significant noncompliance

We need your help to get our language into the Senate's bill, which is  likely to be introduced next week.

What can you do?  

1.)        Sign onto the CWN Fact Sheet to be presented to all Senators next  week. The fact sheet is included below and is found on our web site at,

To sign on, send a your name, organization, and state to by noon, Wednesday, February 6.

2.)        Call your Senator's office by calling the Capitol Switchboard at  202-224-3121.  These calls are especially needed if your senator is on  the Evirnonment and Public Works Committee.  Members on the EPW  Committee are:

Robert Smith, NH John Warner, VA James Inhofe, OK Christopher Bond, MO           George Voinovich, OH Michael Crapo, ID      Lincoln Chafee, RI Arlen Specter, PA Ben Campbell, CO Harry Reid, NV Max Baucus, MT Bob Graham, FL Joseph Lieberman, CT Barbara Boxer, CA Ron Wyden, OR Thomas Carper, DE Hillary Clinton, NY Jon Corzine, NJ 

Ask your Senator to:   ·  authorize substantially more SRF money for drinking water and clean  water protection to reduce the $23 billion annual funding gap ·  provide 10% additional funding for states to spend on non-structural  distributed solutions to their sewage, stormwater, and polluted runoff  problems ·  require funding to go to the projects that will provide the greatest  public health and environmental benefit and not those that will fund  sprawl or encourage noncompliance  improve public participation and state accountability in the expenditure  of federal funds

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