Innovative Stormwater Infrastructure Act Introduced to House and SenateNovember 14th, 2013
Stacey Detwiler, 202-347-7550
Washington, DC – American Rivers, the nation’s leading voice for clean water and healthy rivers, today applauded Senator Tom Udall (D-NM) and Representative Donna Edwards (D-MD) for introducing the ‘Innovative Stormwater Infrastructure Act of 2013’ in the U.S. Senate and U.S. House.
Senator Udall and Representative Edwards’ bill builds on the growing momentum across the country among communities looking to invest in cost-effective and forward-thinking strategies that reduce polluted runoff and protect clean water. This bill establishes five regional Centers of Excellence that will conduct research, provide technical assistance, and offer training on innovative approaches to managing polluted runoff. Additionally, it promotes the use of innovative stormwater infrastructure within the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and makes funding incentives available for planning and implementation of community-based innovative stormwater projects.
By treating rainwater where it falls, practices such as green roofs or rain gardens filter out pollution that contaminates our rivers and streams and reduce the volume of stormwater that overwhelms our water infrastructure causing local flooding. Many communities across the country, including Milwaukee, New York City, Seattle and Philadelphia, are already incorporating these types of innovative stormwater management as a key component of their strategy to cost effectively achieve clean water.
“This legislation increases opportunities and establishes mechanisms for communities across the country to use innovative stormwater management strategies that work with the natural landscape to infiltrate and reuse rainwater where it falls. These strategies will better protect our clean water supplies, save money, reduce flooding, and increase green space,” said Stacey Detwiler, Clean Water Associate at American Rivers. “We commend Senator Udall and Representative Edwards for their leadership in protecting and promoting clean water.”