The Innovative Stormwater Infrastructure Act of 2013 Would Build Community Resilience, Create Green Jobs

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: Alyssa Ritterstein
press@gfa.fchq.ca
202-828-0940

WASHINGTON – Today, Green For All praises Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and Representative Edwards (D-MD) for introducing the Innovative Stormwater Infrastructure Act of 2013. 

This bill provides much-needed support in managing polluted runoff and sewage overflows through green infrastructure, while also providing new jobs, cost savings and environmental benefits. More specifically, it establishes five Centers of Excellence across America for stormwater control and management, invests in grants for community-based stormwater projects, and promotes innovative stormwater infrastructure within the Environmental Protection Agency.

Statement of Green For All CEO Phaedra Ellis-Lamkins

Today we face water scarcity and pollution that threatens our economic growth and our health, with low-income communities and people of color all too often bearing the brunt of these water problems. By weaving natural processes into the built environment, stormwater projects are on the front lines of protecting America’s water supply.

The Innovative Stormwater Infrastructure Act of 2013 provides critical investment in stormwater management, which will not only make our communities and planet healthier, but also create jobs in the process. From around the country, we are already seeing how investments in water infrastructure are putting thousands of Americans back to work.

But we are only scratching the surface, investments in water infrastructure should be scaled in cities and towns across the country. And that’s why it’s important that this important piece of legislation is passed.

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Green For All is a national organization working to build an inclusive green economy strong enough to lift people out of poverty. Green For All is dedicated to improving the lives of all Americans through a clean energy economy.  We work in collaboration with the business, government, labor, and grassroots communities to increase quality jobs and opportunities in the green industry – all while holding the most vulnerable people at the center of our agenda.

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