Menendez, Booker Applaud $229 Million in Sandy funding to Fortify Sewage Treatment, Drinking Water Systems

Menendez, Booker Applaud $229 Million in Sandy funding to Fortify Sewage Treatment, Drinking Water Systems

NEWARK, NJ - U.S. Senators Robert Menendez and Cory Booker (both D-NJ) today applauded the award of $229 million in Sandy recovery funding by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) to reduce the risks of flood damage and boost the resiliency of wastewater and drinking water facilities to withstand future severe storms. The funds were granted to the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (DEP).

"Strengthening the infrastructure that keeps our drinking water safe and our wastewater treatment plants operating is absolutely critical to protect our residents and our environment in a severe storm," said Sen. Menendez. "Climate change likely means more storms like Sandy and this funding will help fortify our systems, making sure they're operating even in the toughest weather."

"We must prioritize investments in New Jersey's aging sewage and water infrastructure as we continue our goal towards full recovery from the storm," said Sen. Booker. "This funding is not only important to the sustainability of our water ecosystems, but it's absolutely vital to proactively ensuring that our wastewater plants are capable of withstanding future storms and New Jerseyans always have access to clean drinking water."

The DEP will provide funds to local communities as low or no interest loans that will be paid back to the State. Up to 30 percent of the money can be awarded as grants to communities rather than loans. The DEP has selected and prioritized projects based on requirements in the Clean Air Act, Safe Drinking Water Act, Disaster Relief Appropriations Act and state regulations with the highest rankings given to projects that have the greatest impact on protecting water quality and drinking water for the most people. Upon review by the EPA, the agency awarded the funds to the DEP for recommended projects across the state.

List of NJ clean water projects slated to receive funding: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/dwq/cwpl.htm

List of New Jersey drinking water projects that are slated to receive this funding: http://www.nj.gov/dep/watersupply/dws_loans.html

More information on the Clean Water State Revolving Fund program: http://water.epa.gov/grants_funding/cwsrf/cwsrf_index.cfm

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