The Federal Economic Recovery and Reinvestment Act was signed into law by President Obama on February 17 of this year, but Clean Water Action has been working with the Department of Public Health (DPH) and the State Water Board (Board) since last November to establish criteria under which more than $400 million of stimulus funding for water projects should be spent.
Our goal has been to ensure that disadvantaged communities with the greatest public health and infrastructure needs are able to access these funds. Many of these communities not only lack safe drinking water, but also have no staff able to prepare funding applications.
Lee Leffingwell Endorsed for Austin Mayor
Austin voters will be electing 5 of 7 city council members, including its next mayor, on Saturday May 9. Stakes are higher that usual this year, with unemployment continuing to rise, sales and property tax revenues down, and the city facing a host of challenges related to energy and water consumption, air quality, solid waste, urban sprawl and traffic congestion. Clean Water Action believes that Lee Leffingwell is easily the most qualified mayoral candidate to meet these challenges.
A rainy February and March have slightly reduced the severity of this year's water shortage, but a third straight below normal water year has still sparked calls for water conservation around the state.
Clean Water Action is supporting an important bill to protect our waterways from lead contamination. SB 757 (Pavley) will ban the manufacture, use, and distribution of lead wheel weights in cars.