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GLIN==> Great Lakes Governors weigh in on importance of federal Clean Water Infrastructure funding

This morning, the U.S. House of Representatives Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment held a hearing on “The Need for Renewed Investment in Clean Water Infrastructure.”  The hearing was convened at the direction of Congressman Jim Oberstar who chairs the full Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure.  Todd Ambs, Administrator for Water with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, submitted testimony on behalf of the Council of Great Lakes Governors and its Chair, Wisconsin Governor Jim Doyle.  In his testimony, (now available on the Council’s website at:  http://www.cglg.org/projects/priorities/docs/SRF_testimony_for_Todd_Ambs_January_19_2007.pdf), Mr. Ambs repeated the Governors’ call for Congress to fully fund the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) program.


Since its inception, the SRF program has been a vital tool in supporting investment in our nation’s wastewater infrastructure.  Despite the success of the SRF program, it has been repeatedly cut by the federal government in recent years.  These cuts jeopardize the health of the Great Lakes, its citizens and economy.  Approximately 850 billion gallons per year of combined sewer overflow discharges are released into our nation’s waterways each year--mostly in the Great Lakes and Northeast regions.  The Great Lakes Governors continue to aggressively tackle this problem and look forward to working with federal partners, including Chairman Oberstar, to increase the level of SRF-supported investments.     


Council of Great Lakes Governors.  http://www.cglg.org