New Report: Investments in Clean Water Could Create Millions of Jobs

American Rivers has partnered with Green for All and the Economic Policy Institute to compose the report “Water Works: Rebuilding Infrastructure, Creating Jobs and Greening the Environment”.

The results of the research that was put into the report show that investments in our water infrastructure would yield 1.9 million American jobs and add $265 billion to the economy.

The report was released Oct. 4 at the Clean Water America Alliance’s Urban Waters SustainabilityLeadership Conference in Milwaukee, WI.

American Rivers’ interest in the topic, and mine personally as well, was the Green Infrastructure aspect.

This report supports our contention that not only is investment in our water infrastructure important, but that it creates jobs.

Furthermore we’ve seen that investing in green infrastructure can have multiple economic benefits and be more cost effective too. Why invest billions of dollars entirely on underground pipes you’ll never see, when you can invest in green infrastructure that can provide the same services, while costing less and improving the aesthetics of our urban neighborhoods.

Another advantage to investing in infrastructure now, is that interest rates and construction costs are the lowest they’ve been in decades. Combine that factor with the inherent cost effective nature of green infrastructure, and we have a win-win situation.

We should invest in infrastructure, invest in green, and create American jobs.

If you’re excited about this idea as much as I am, tell the White House about it. Seriously. The Obama Administration has set up a new system called “We the People”, where you can directly petition the White House.

American Rivers, Green For All, and the Economic Policy Institute have set up a petition site. If we get 25,000 signatures White House staff will review it, ensure it is sent to the appropriate policy experts, and issue an official response.

So go sign the petition, and let’s start greening our cities, protecting our rivers, and creating jobs.