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Napolitano’s Water Infrastructure Improvement Act Becomes Law

January 15, 2019
Press Release

(WASHINGTON, DC) Today, Rep. Grace F. Napolitano (D-El Monte) released the following statement after President Donald Trump signed into law the bipartisan Water Infrastructure Improvement Act:

“This law delivers much needed federal assistance to cities in our San Gabriel Valley who have been working hard to meet the challenges of the Los Angeles County MS4 Stormwater permit,” Napolitano said. “They and communities nationwide will benefit from greater flexibility in addressing these permits, while ensuring the protection of our precious rivers, lakes, and streams. We look forward to the law being implemented and continuing to work in a bipartisan manner to provide clean, safe, and affordable water to all American families.”

The Water Infrastructure Improvement Act codifies a concept from the Obama administration known as “Integrated Planning,” which can assist communities with meeting their requirements under the Clean Water Act while maintaining their obligation to achieve improvements in local water quality. EPA’s Integrated Planning framework provides communities with a voluntary opportunity to prioritize local clean water investments with the greatest benefit to human health and the environment. It builds on a provision Napolitano included in the America’s Water Infrastructure Act that authorized $450 million in stormwater municipal grants to plan, design, and construct stormwater, water recycling, and sewer overflow projects.

Napolitano is the top Democrat on the House Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment.

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