NEWARK, N.J. – U.S. Senators Bob Menendez and Cory Booker (both D-N.J.) today announced the awarding of nearly $2 million to the Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to make repairs to the Grit and Screening Building, the site’s sewage treatment plant, which was damaged as a result of Hurricane Sandy.

“Although we’ve made great progress since Sandy battered our state, many towns are still dealing with the aftermath,” said Sen. Menendez. “This federal funding will allow Passaic Valley Sewerage Commission to repair its public facilities to better serve its residents, create a safer environment and mitigate the risk of future damage. I will continue to fight for these federal investments which are critical to ensuring New Jersey and its residents are stronger, more resilient and better prepared for when disaster strikes.”

“The health and safety of New Jersey families depends on strong water and wastewater infrastructure,” said Sen. Booker. “Unfortunately, Superstorm Sandy left our already aging infrastructure in urgent need of repair. This federal investment will help strengthen New Jersey’s critical infrastructure and make it more resilient in the face of future disasters.”

The total award of $1,969,914.57 will go towards rebuilding the damaged sewage treatment plant, which removes contaminants from wastewater, making it safer for the environment.

In 2013, President Obama signed the Superstorm Sandy Supplemental Appropriations bill into law, bringing the total Sandy aid enacted by Congress to $60.2 billion. The funding package, which Sen. Menendez helped lead to passage, included federal aid to help homeowners, businesses, and communities recover and resources to rebuild coastal, transportation, and water infrastructure.

Sen. Menendez, who chaired the Sandy Task Force, has co-authored bipartisan, comprehensive flood insurance reform legislation, originally cosponsored by nearly a dozen Republicans and Democrats including Sen. Booker, that reframes our nation’s entire disaster paradigm to one that focuses more on prevention and mitigation, like expanded voluntary buyouts of flood-prone properties, to spare the high cost of rebuilding after flood disasters.