ECOS Urges Congress to Fully Appropriate Critical Water Infrastructure Funding


On September 20, the Environmental Council of the States (ECOS) sent Congress a letter detailing the impacts earmarks will have on the Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (SRFs). The letter urges Congress to fully appropriate authorized funding levels of the SRFs, citing the significantly reduced SRF capitalization grants impacted by earmarks and the setting of a serious consequential precedent. SRFs provide affordable assistance for communities to build clean and safe water infrastructure that not only protects public health but also grows the economy through projects such as treatment upgrades, consolidation, water reuse, and more. ECOS calls on Congress to build state capacity and support the established SRF programs by not diverting federal SRF funding to pay for other priority projects. The full letter can be found here