Support the “Green Infrastructure for Clean Water Act”!
The federal stimulus act explicitly places a clear priority, and 20 percent of water infrastructure funding, onto green roofs, rain gardens, pocket wetlands, native vegetation, sustainable streets and parking lots, and other landscape-based water-conserving measures.
CNT recently advised President Obama’s Transition Team on the value of green infrastructure in federal water, housing, energy and other programs and was gratified to see that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 dedicates at least $1.2 billion to green infrastructure.
The act recognizes these and additional “environmentally innovative activities” as keys to shoring up the nation’s aging, over-stretched waste water and drinking water infrastructure. The allocation is part of $6 billion dedicated to the Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act State Revolving Funds and means $52 million for environmentally sustainable capital water projects in Illinois that improve community health.
CNT is also further promoting statewide conservation-based water infrastructure. We have proposed the Green Infrastructure for Clean Water Act in the Illinois General Assembly. Voice your support today: Call State Senator Iris Martinez, 217-782-8191, for Senate Bill 1489 and State Representative Elaine Nekritz, 217-558-1004, for House Bill 2434.
Public agencies interested in applying for funding for green infrastructure projects from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund should contact the Illinois EPA Bureau of Water in Springfield, 217-782-1654. Other state agency contacts can be downloaded here (.pdf).
Illinois EPA guidance on water funding under the stimulus
Guidance on water funding under the stimulus (.pdf)
Note that ” Attachment 7 on Page 42 focuses on the Clean Water SRF Green Reserve for 1) Energy Efficiency; 2) Water Efficiency; 3) Green Infrastructure; and 4) Innovative Environmental Projects.”