Gibbs Passes Bipartisan Clean Water Legislation
WASHINGTON, DC - Congressman Bob Gibbs (R-OH) and Congresswoman Grace Napolitano (D-CA) led a bipartisan group to pass the Water Infrastructure Improvement Act, which codifies the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) “Integrated Planning” initiative into law. Through this program, municipalities can prioritize water infrastructure projects to maximize environmental and health benefits while working toward EPA compliance. The bill is supported by U.S. Conference of Mayors, National Association of Counties, National League of Cities, American Public Works Association, and the National Association of Regional Councils.
“Many of our nation’s cities, towns, and municipalities are faced with EPA mandates, aging water infrastructure, and rising repair or construction costs,” said Congressman Bob Gibbs. “These problems, and the price to fix them, ultimately fall on residents. Integrated Planning can help bridge the gaps between these issues, encourage innovative solutions, and prevent undue financial burdens on ratepayers. Access to clean and affordable water utilities is important to everyone, and the municipalities tasked with delivering it should have every tool at their disposal. I want to thank my colleagues from both sides of the aisle for coming together to find solutions to the water infrastructure problems our communities face.”
“Our legislation will greatly assist communities nationwide by providing them with flexibility to address their MS4 storm water permits, while ensuring the protection of our nation’s rivers, lakes, and streams,” said Congresswoman Grace Napolitano. “I thank the House leadership for bringing our legislation to the floor and Congressman Gibbs for his willingness to work with us to reach an agreement on this important issue. No hard-working American families should be forced go without water and wastewater services simply because their local rates are too high.”
“Congressman Gibbs has long understood the growing clean water challenges that communities large and small face every day.” said Adam Krantz, NACWA’s Chief Executive Officer. “He has remained a steadfast leader in helping to provide additional help to those communities through his strong bipartisan legislation to codify Integrated Planning and ensure his constituents are further provided with safer and more reliable and affordable public clean water services. NACWA greatly appreciates Congressman Gibbs incredible dedication and hard work on this issue for the past several years. This legislation would not been possible without his efforts.”
Original cosponsors include Congressman Bob Latta (R-OH), Congressman Steve Chabot (R-OH), Congresswoman Marcia Fudge (D-OH), and Congresswoman Cheri Bustos (D-IL).
The text of the bill can be found here.