FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 25, 2007
Schumer, Clinton: Authorization Of $25 Million For Clean Water Projects Sent To President For Final Approval
Final Conference Report on Federal Funding for Water Resources Development Act Approved by Senate Last Night—Now Sent to President for Signing
Washington, DC — Senators Charles E. Schumer and Hillary Rodham Clinton today announced that the Senate has approved the final conference report on Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) which authorizes $25 million for projects to upgrade sewer and other wastewater facilities in five communities across New York State. The bill passed House-Senate conference in July and now will be sent to the President for signing.
The Water Resources Development Act authorizes Corps of Engineers civil works projects, including navigation, ecosystem restoration and shoreline protection projects. Under the authorizations, the Corps partners with local sponsors to conduct the project. A project authorization in WRDA is a necessary first step towards securing funding in an appropriations bill at a later date.
The WRDA bill authorizes the following wastewater projects:
$5 million for The Village of Patchogue in Suffolk County
$5 million for the City of Elmira in Chemung County
$5 million for the Town of Essex Hamlet in Essex County
$5 million for the Niagara Falls Water Board in Niagara County
$5 million for the Town of Babylon in Suffolk County
“This is great news for the City of Elmira,” said Senator Schumer. “The water system is critical to the livelihood of the community and the health of local residents. Clean drinking water and an efficient sewage system are basic needs and this funding will help the community meet those needs, improving the quality of life for everyone in the area.”
"The Senate approval of this bill is great news, and it is an important next step in ensuring that the local communities will receive the funding necessary to move forward with the much needed upgrades to the water systems. It is important that the federal government can partner in this way with local governments, not only with the expertise but with the financial assistance to make sure that everyone has clean water," said Senator Clinton.