Briefing on Water Trust Fund Garners Significant Attention on Capitol Hill
The Water Infrastructure Network (WIN), in conjunction with the
National Association of Clean Water Agencies (NACWA), the Associated
General Contractors of America (AGC), United Rentals and the
National Wildlife Federation (NWF), held a briefing on Capitol Hill
July 26 highlighting the significant need for Congress to enact a
dedicated trust fund for water and wastewater infrastructure
investments. The briefing garnered significant attention with over
100 attendees gathered to hear compelling statements from a diverse
set of panelists highlighting the economic, environmental and
job-creation benefits a trust fund would provide.
George Hawkins, General Manager of DC Water, participated on behalf
of NACWA in the briefing and underscored the importance of advancing
the Water Protection and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (H.R. 3202) — the
water trust fund bill introduced by Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.).
Mr. Hawkins’ comments emphasized the clean water infrastructure
needs throughout the Nation are in the hundreds of billions of
dollars as estimated in the recent EPA Clean Watersheds Needs
Survey. Mr. Hawkins stressed the benefits of H.R. 3202, underscoring
that it would be a deficit-neutral source of funding that would
re-establish the federal government as a long-term partner with
states and municipalities in clean water investment.
Also making presentations at the briefing were Shirley Franklin,
former Mayor of Atlanta (2002-2010); Tom McCauley, Mayor of Buhl,
Idaho; Ken Simonson, AGC’s Chief Economist; Paul I. McDonnell,
Senior Vice President of United Rentals; and Maria Hale, NWF’s
Director of National Restoration and Water Resources Campaigns.
With the momentum created by this briefing, NACWA urges you to
contact your Representatives and encourage them to add their names
to the 40 co-sponsors of H.R. 3202.