A spending bill with cuts for environmental and public lands agencies was approved July 12 by a House subcommittee, over Democratic objections that the cuts were too big.
The proposed legislation from House appropriators would cut the EPA budget by about 7 percent, which was less than what was proposed by President Donald Trump.
The fiscal year 2018 spending bill for the Interior Department, Environmental Protection Agency, and related agencies was approved by voice vote of the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies. Democrats on the panel signaled their dissatisfaction over the cuts through their silence during the vote and their criticisms beforehand.
Increasing numers of municipalities are turning to green infrastructure to improve water quality and manage stormwater, and Congress is considering legislation designed to support this trend.
“The Water Infrastructure Flexibility Act, introduced in both the House and Senate, would require the U.S. EPA to conduct outreach and training on green infrastructure through its regional offices. It also would establish a new office in the EPA to assist cities and other local governments with technical issues in complying with the Clean Water Act,” according to the Washington Examiner.
President Donald Trump’s team released its first full budget proposal on Tuesday, and while lawmakers are likely to dismiss most of it — as they traditionally do with most White House wishlists — the document provides fresh insight into the administration’s priorities.
The Value of Water Campaign commissioned an economic impact analysis to understand how increasing investments in the nation’s water infrastructure can affect economic growth and employment. The study reviews the projected capital needs of water, wastewater, and stormwater utilities, and estimates the associated economic benefits that would be realized if the nation chose to make these investments. These benefits include the economic opportunities created by water infrastructure projects, the long-term productivity savings to the customers of water utilities, as well as the avoided costs of frequent disruptions in water and wastewater service to business. Because many sectors are reliant on water, a disruption of water and wastewater service, even for one day, can cost businesses significant amounts of revenue and almost instantly shrink the annual national Gross Domestic Product (GDP).
The BNL online tool offers water and wastewater utilities the opportunity to accurately forecast the cost of their water and wastewater pipe repair and replacement needs. It provides cost estimates and financial deferrals based on inputted data by a utility and is broken down by pipe size or material. Twenty-nine graphical outputs are generated to create a profile that is reflective of a community’s unique infrastructure needs.
WASHINGTON, DC–(Marketwired – May 12, 2017) – On the heels of President Trump reaching 100 days in office, U.S. Conference of Mayors (USCM) President Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett, USCM Infrastructure Task Force Chair Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, and other mayoral leaders from across the country will add their voices to the need for additional infrastructure investment at events in the nation’s capital during Infrastructure Week (May 15-19).
The Cambridge Water Board invited two experts on May 2 to describe their research and concerns on the possible health effects of chemicals released from plastic-lined water pipes, which are under consideration to repair large water main pipes in Cambridge.