Advocacy

Issue Brief: Water Infrastructure Flexibility Act

THE ISSUE

ASLA supports legislation that will increase resources for and strengthen green infrastructure projects related to water projects such as dams, levees, and stormwater systems. Landscape architects use green infrastructure and low-impact development projects to provide communities tangible, cost-effective solutions to address water management needs.

Background & Analysis

Introduced by Senator Deb Fischer (NE) in March 2017, S.692, the Water Infrastructure Flexibility Act, will authorize the use of green infrastructure into integrated plan permits under the integrated municipal stormwater and wastewater planning approach framework issued by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

The bill also would establish, within the EPA's Office of the Administrator, an Office of the Municipal Ombudsman to provide technical assistance to municipalities to comply with federal water pollution and safe drinking water laws and to provide information about available federal financial assistance.

On May 4, 2017, Congressman Robert Latta (OH) introduced H.R. 2355, House companion legislation to the Senate measure.

Sponsor(s)

Sen. Deb Fischer (NE) and co-sponsors

Cong. Robert Latta (OH) and co-sponsors.

Current Status

On April 5, 2017, the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee held a markup of S.692, and passed the bill out of committee.  The measure is now awaiting further action by the full Senate. H.R. 2355 was referred to the House Committees on Transportation and Infrastructure and Energy and Commerce where it is awaiting further action.  

History

Many state and local governments face difficult economic challenges with limited resources and financial capability to meet the Clean Water Act (CWA) requirements for stormwater and wastewater updates. To address these concerns, communities want to use cost-effective green infrastructure projects to address their water quality and quantity needs.  

Resources

Water Infrastructure Flexibility Act

EPA: Green Infrastructure Guide

Bipartisan Senators Introduce Water Infrastructure Bill

Integrated Planning for Municipal Stormwater and Wastewater

ASLA Public Policies

Coastal Zones
Waterways
Wetlands
Water Quality and Conservation

Contact

ASLA Government Affairs
governmentaffairs
@asla.org
 

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