Cardin Highlights National Organizations Calling for Increased Funding to Support America’s Water Infrastructure


WASHINGTON, D.C. – (RealEstateRama) — U. S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today noted that more than three dozen national organizations from across the political spectrum were calling for increased investment in America’s water infrastructure.

“People rarely think about how important water infrastructure is to our public health, our economy or simply to quench our thirst. But incidents like the recent crisis in Flint underscore the dangers that can result when the safety of our drinking water is not made a priority,” said Senator Cardin. “I am heartened to know that more than three dozen organizations, representing tens of millions of members from all across the country, are calling for increased investments in our nation’s water infrastructure.”

Organizations include:

Amalgamated Transit Union
American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)
American Federation of Teachers
American Public Works Association (APWA)
American Rivers
American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
Associated General Contractors of America (AGC)
Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA)
BlueGreen Alliance
Chesapeake Bay Foundation
Clean Water Action
Communications Workers of America
EDF Action
Environment America
Environmental Defense Fund
Food and Water Watch
International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC)
International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE)
Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA)
League of Conservation Voters
Maryland Rural Development Corporation
National Association Clean Water Agencies (NACWA)
National Association of Counties
National Conference of State Legislatures
National League of Cities
National Wildlife Federation
Natural Resources Defense Council
Northeast-Midwest Institute
Parents for Nontoxic Alternatives
River Network
Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP)
Service Employees International Union
Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Union
Sierra Club
Southern Environmental Law Center
Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership
Union of Concerned Scientists
United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada
United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters (United Association)
United Auto Workers
United Steel Workers
Utility Workers Union of America
Vinyl Institute (VI)
Water Alliance
Water Infrastructure Network

“Clean water is one of the most basic foundations of our daily lives – we ignore its safe storage and delivery at our own peril. Unfortunately, we have a lengthy history of overlooking the need to invest in this key aspect of our future, and children in communities like Flint are the ones being made to suffer most,” said Senator Cardin. “We can and must immediately do more as a country to better protect our waters and our kids.”

Senator Cardin recently introduced legislation that responds to the nationwide crisis of unsafe drinking water and crumbling infrastructure that has combined to poison residents of Flint, Mich., and communities throughout the country, by more than tripling the drinking water and clean water state revolving funds.

Source: U. S. Senator Ben Cardin


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