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Issue Brief: The Firm, Unwavering National Dedication (FUND) to Water Act Water Act


THE ISSUE


ASLA supports legislation to increase funding and strengthen the Safe Drinking and Clean Water State Revolving Funds.

Background & Analysis

Senator Benjamin Cardin (MD) introduced S. 2583, the Firm, Unwavering National Dedication to Water Act (FUND) Water Act in February 2016. The legislation would more than triple the authorized appropriations to the Drinking Water and Clean Water State Revolving Funds. The FUND Act responds to the nationwide crisis of unsafe drinking water, crumbling infrastructure, and inadequate water protection that has impacted Flint, Michigan and communities throughout the country.

The Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund (DWSRF) was established by the 1996 amendments to the Safe Drinking Water Act (SDWA). The DWSRF is a financial assistance program to help water systems and states to achieve the health protection objectives of the SDWA.  The program helps to provide a long-term source of state funding that finances infrastructure needed to achieve or maintain compliance with SDWA requirements, and to protect the public health. States may also use the program for water protection and enhanced water systems management.

The Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) was established by the 1987 amendments to the Clean Water Act (CWA) as a financial assistance program for a wide range of water infrastructure projects. The program replaced the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Construction Grants program. Under the program, states have the flexibility to fund a range of projects that address their highest priority water quality needs.  

Landscape architects access the Drinking Water and Clean Water State Revolving Funds to plan and design low-impact development projects that help communities address their water quality and quantity needs.

Sponsor(s)

Currently, there are no cosponsors for this bill.

Current Status

S. 2583 was introduced on February 25, 2016, and has been referred to the Committee on Environment and Public Works.

Resources

Review of the Allotment of the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF)
How the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Works
Learn About the Clean Water State Revolving Fund
Using State Revolving Funds to Build Climate Resilient Communities
Financing Green Infrastructure: A Best Practices Guide for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund

In the News

Cardin Provides Comprehensive Response to National Crisis in Safe Drinking Water
Clean Water: Taking Action in Flint and Beyond
Cardin Bill Would More Than Triple Funds Available to States for Fixing Crumbling and Polluted Water Infrastructure

Contact

ASLA Government Affairs
governmentaffairs@asla.org 

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