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For Immediate Release:
June 8, 2005
Contact: Adam Krantz
202/833-4651

Clean Water Trust Fund Gains Traction at House Hearing
The House Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee’s June 8 hearing focused on testimony by Water Infrastructure Network (WIN) member organizations regarding a new dedicated trust fund for clean water. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Congressional Budget Office, the General Accounting Office and WIN all agree that the nation faces a national water infrastructure funding gap in the hundreds of billions of dollars over the next 20 years. Simply stated, without a sustainable federal recommitment to clean water funding, we risk losing the 30 years of water quality progress enjoyed under the Clean Water Act.

Witnesses at the hearing included Frank Luntz, President of Luntz Research Companies, who discussed the findings of his recent polling that found overwhelming public support for a clean water trust fund. Luntz found that such support is far greater than for highways or aviation — which respectively already enjoy $30 billion/year and $8 billion/year federal trust funds. Ken Rubin, Senior Partner, PA Consulting Group, testified on behalf of the National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA) regarding the need for, and economic viability of, a clean water trust fund. Jack Schenendorf, former Chief of Staff for the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, also testified in favor of a trust fund on behalf of the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). Their testimony is available on the WIN website (www.win-water.org).

WIN called the hearing a critical step toward the introduction and passage of legislation to create a clean water trust fund. This would both secure the long-term viability of the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF), while also adding a significant grant component to help communities fully achieve the lofty goals of the Clean Water Act. WIN and other key stakeholders are working together to finalize a legislative proposal that would establish such a trust fund.

Visit www.win-water.org to learn more about the Water Infrastructure Network and its work to secure long-term dedicated funding for clean and safe water.


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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