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Green Infrastructure Legislation Passes Senate

Recently, the U.S. Senate passed bipartisan legislation to promote the use of green infrastructure projects in addressing stormwater, wastewater, and other water quality issues. The Water Infrastructure Flexibility Act (S. 692), introduced in the Senate by Senator Deb Fischer (NE), would allow local communities and municipalities to incorporate green infrastructure projects into integrated planning permits to meet Clean Water Act compliance.

Roxanne Blackwell

2017-10-17

Recently, the U.S. Senate passed bipartisan legislation to promote the use of green infrastructure projects in addressing stormwater, wastewater, and other water quality issues. The Water Infrastructure Flexibility Act (S. 692), introduced in the Senate by Senator Deb Fischer (NE), would allow local communities and municipalities to incorporate green infrastructure projects into integrated planning permits to meet Clean Water Act compliance.

ASLA endorsed this important legislation and has been working with Senator Fischer and Congressman Robert Latta (OH), who has introduced companion legislation (H.R. 2355) in the House of Representatives, to move it through the legislative process. ASLA’s grassroots also played an important role in passing the bill, sending messages and tweets to legislators urging support for the bill. 

The U.S. Conference of Mayors found, on average, municipalities spend between six to seven cents of every tax dollar on water and sewer systems, making water infrastructure the third-largest expense for cities, after education and emergency personnel. Ultimately, this measure will provide communities with increased flexibility to utilize cost-efficient green infrastructure and low-impact development projects to address their water management needs. 

For many decades, landscape architects and other design professionals have been helping communities manage their stormwater with innovative green infrastructure solutions such as green roofs, rain gardens, bioswales, pervious pavements, and more. Green infrastructure techniques are proven and cost effective at managing stormwater, preventing flooding, improving water quality, and promoting public health. 

ASLA encourages all its members to use the iAdvocate Network to continue urging their legislators to move this measure through the legislative process and onto final passage.  

Contact

Karen T. Grajales
Manager, Public Relations 
tel: 1-202-216-2371
ktgrajales@asla.org
@ktgrajales

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