APWA supports clean water legislation

On February 22, the American Public Works Association (APWA) issued a letter of support for the Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act of 2021. The legislation, introduced by House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee Chairman Peter DeFazio (D-OR) and House Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee Chairwoman Grace Napolitano (D-CA), will provide federal funding for essential clean water programs.

The legislation will reauthorize the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) program at $8 billion per year through the year 2026. That amount constitutes a significant increase over current funding levels. The bill also reauthorizes the Sewer Overflow and Stormwater Reuse Municipal Grants program at $400 million per year through 2026, which is also a substantial funding increase.

Additionally, the legislation includes the following legislative language:

  • Provides $1 billion in Clean Water Act grants to implement treatment methods for per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) and other emerging contaminants
  • Authorizes $1 billion in grants for alternative water source projects such as wastewater or stormwater reuse; and
  • Provides $1 billion for Clean Water pilot programs for watershed-based efforts to deal with major wet weather, stormwater, and climate resiliency issues.

APWA is proud to support legislation that accomplishes our water resources and environment public policy priorities and will continue to work with the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee and relevant Senate committees to ensure that this legislation becomes law.

To learn more about this legislation or for more information about APWA's water policy priorities, please contact APWA Government Affairs Manager Sean Garcia at sgarcia@apwa.net.