December 10, 2016
WASHINGTON, D.C. – With the support of U.S. Senator Angus King (I-Maine), the Senate early this morning passed the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act, legislation that invests in America’s drinking water and wastewater infrastructure and authorizes 31 critical Army Corps projects, including the Portsmouth Harbor and Piscataqua River Navigation Project.
“Maine’s waters are a crucial resource for thousands of people across the state who rely on them for a livelihood, which is why ensuring that our state’s water-related infrastructure is strong and safe is so critical,” Senator King said. “This legislation will help protect the public’s health through improved water and wastewater management, and strengthen our state’s commercial maritime economy by preserving access to critical funding for Maine’s small harbors. The authorization of the Portsmouth Harbor and Piscataqua River Navigation Project is also a victory for the safer and more efficient flow of commercial goods into the state, which will bolster our economy and help contribute to economic growth.”
The Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation Act invests in the country’s ports and waterways to improve commerce, improves flood protection and safety for communities, streamlines reviews and increases local participation, promotes innovative technologies to address water resources challenges, provides essential investment in drinking water and wastewater infrastructure, and increases flexibility and federal assistance to address drought. The bill passed the Senate with overwhelming bipartisan support today.
The legislation supports several water infrastructure projects in Maine, including: