WIN News Release
|For Immediate Release:
February 7, 2005
|Contact: Lee Garrigan
Administration Again Proposes Dramatic Cut to Key Clean
Water Infrastructure Network Seeks Dedicated Trust
Fund for Clean and Safe Water
The Bush Administration today proposed to dramatically cut clean
water funding. The Administration is seeking to cut the U.S.
Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) budget for fiscal year (FY)
2006 by $500 million (from $8.1 billion to $7.6 billion). The vast
majority of this reduction would be achieved by a proposed cut of
approximately $360 million (from $1.09 billion to $730 million) to
the Agency’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) program. The
CWSRF, a loan program that helps local communities repair and
replace aging treatment plants, has been the primary source of
federal support for clean water infrastructure projects since its
creation in 1987.
Studies by EPA, the Congressional Budget Office, the Government
Accountability Office, and the Water Infrastructure Network (WIN)
estimate a water infrastructure funding gap exceeding $300 billion
over the next 20 years. Given this mounting funding gap, WIN
believes it is untenable for the federal government to cut support
for clean water in America. WIN is urging Congress to support both
full funding for the CWSRF in the short-term, and a dedicated trust
fund to guarantee clean and safe water in America for the long-term.
Facing similar shortfalls in funding for critical national
infrastructure, Congress has established trust funds supported by
dedicated revenue sources. Congressionally established trust funds
for highway infrastructure ($30 billion/year) and airport
infrastructure ($8 billion/year) provide a strong precedent for
moving forward with a similar trust fund for clean and safe water.
WIN will work aggressively with Congress and the Administration –
both to ensure full funding for the CWSRF and to establish a trust
fund dedicated to clean and safe water in America.
WIN is a broad-based coalition of local elected officials,
drinking water and wastewater service providers, state environmental
and health program administrators, labor, engineers and
environmentalists dedicated to preserving and protecting the health,
environmental and economic gains that America's drinking water and
wastewater infrastructure provides.
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