As the debate over the future of America’s infrastructure continues, Representative Grace Napolitano (D-CA) intends to reintroduce water infrastructure assistance legislation in the coming weeks. A number of other members are expected to cosponsor the measure. CASA endorsed similar legislation last year. The bill provides funding and prioritization for the State Revolving Fund (SRF) loan program as well as other important changes. Specifically, the bill would:
- Allocate a total of $500 million annually to support the SRF through fiscal year 2022, with 20% dedicated to support stormwater, sewer overflows, green infrastructure and energy efficiency projects related to water quality;
- Authorize technical assistance to support small communities in developing water infrastructure projects, and direct states to set aside a minimum of 15% of SRF funding to support small;
- Establish a pilot program to provide grant assistance to design and construct projects to control sewer overflows and water reuse projects that would be would be managed through the state SRF programs.
The proposed measure is expected to serve as the Democratic baseline for any Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure activities to develop a water infrastructure policy. However, we anticipate that efforts to address water infrastructure will not begin until later this fall. Upon introduction, the CASA Federal Legislative Committee will review the bill and provide recommendations.