BEYOND THE BELTWAY

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law and American Rescue Plan Improving Water Systems in Communities Nationwide

Welcome to Beyond The Beltway, a weekly highlight of public investment in action!

This week’s edition features major investments in water and sewer infrastructure, including protecting communities from flooding, making overdue repairs, and starting bold new projects.

Thanks to President Biden’s American Rescue Plan and the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, these funds are ensuring that communities have access to clean and safe drinking water nationwide.

  • ARKANSAS: The Arkansas Department of Agriculture has approved $280 million in American Rescue Plan funds for water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure projects that will upgrade the state’s outdated and crumbling water systems. [story]

  • ARIZONA: Senators Kelly and Sinema announced that the state will receive and invest $13.5 million in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funds to combat PFAS and other dangerous chemicals in Arizona’s groundwater aquifers and protect public health. [story]

  • COLORADO: Senators Hickenlooper and Bennet announced that the state will receive and invest $121 million in American Rescue Plan funds to repair and improve the state’s water infrastructure, ensuring that all communities have access to clean water, preventing floods, and safeguarding vital waterways. [story]

  • ALABAMA: The Alabama Department of Environmental Management has approved $348 million in Bipartisan Infrastructure and American Rescue Plan funds and loans to “repair and upgrade crumbling, malfunctioning and overwhelmed water and sewer systems” across the state. [story]

  • NEBRASKA: The state is investing $11 million of Bipartisan Infrastructure Plan funds to install a network of electric vehicle charging stations every 50 miles along the length of Interstate 80, making electric vehicles more accessible and feasible to own. [story]

About Invest in America

Invest In America is a national rapid response operation advocating for robust public investment to rescue the economy from the COVID crisis and create prosperity for the future, and to fight back against fear-mongers who use deficit concerns as a scapegoat to starve American communities and businesses of resources.

The operation consists of two components: Invest in America, the charitable and public education arm, which is a fiscally sponsored project of Economic Security Project funded by the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation and Economic Security Project co-chair Chris Hughes; and Invest in America Action, the advocacy and social welfare arm, which is a fiscally sponsored project of Economic Security Project Action funded by Chris Hughes and the Omidyar Network.

Learn more at InvestInAmericaNow.com and @InvestNowUSA, and InvestinAmericaProject.com.

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