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
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, http://www.cwn.org/docs/programs/stormwater/support_better_water_quality_pro.htm.
To sign on, send a your name, organization, and state
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
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
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