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House Committee Passes Congressman Garamendi’s Bill to Support California Water Infrastructure Projects

Congressman John Garamendi (D-CA) announced that his bipartisan bill (H.R.1764) to support local wastewater treatment and water recycling infrastructure projects unanimously passed the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee as part of legislation (H.R.1497) reauthorizing the US Environmental Protection Agency’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund.

 

Representatives Ken Calvert (R-CA), Rob Woodall (R-GA), Doug LaMalfa (R-CA), TJ Cox (D-CA), Zoe Lofgren (D-CA), Lucille Roybal-Allard (D- CA), Adam B. Schiff (D-CA), Harley Rouda (D-CA), Angie Craig (D-MN), Vicky Hartzler (R-MO) cosponsored Congressman Garamendi’s bill (H.R.1764).

 

Congressman Garamendi’s legislation (H.R.1764) would extend the maximum term for National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES) permits issued under the federal Clean Water Act from 5 to 10 years, to better reflect the construction schedules for public agencies.

 

Current federal law only provides for 5-year NPDES permits terms, which do not reflect construction schedules for public water and wastewater treatment projects. The American Society of Civil Engineers rates America’s wastewater infrastructure at D+ grade, requiring $271 billion in public investment over the next 25 years. According to the US Conference of Mayors, 95% of spending on water infrastructure is made at the local level.

 

Congressman Garamendi’s legislation (H.R.1764) is endorsed by the: National Association of Clean Water Agencies, National Association of Counties, United States Conference of Mayors, National Association of Counties, National League of Cities, National Water Resources Association, Association of California Water Agencies, California Association of Sanitation Agencies, WateReuse Association, and Water Environment Federation.

 

Source: Congressman John Garamendi’s Office