EPA Announces $50 Million in Funding for Stormwater and Sewer Infrastructure Upgrades
The grants are part of President Biden’s Investing in America Agenda.
- By Robert Yaniz Jr.
- Aug 11, 2023
The White House continues to ramp up its focus on the environment, with a new pool of available funding designated for stormwater and sewer management and infrastructure.
In a release dated August 10, the EPA announced that $50 million is now available through the Sewer Overflow and Stormwater Reuse Municipal Grant program. The Biden-Harris administration recently updated the program through its Investing in America Agenda. Now states can apply for grant assistance to secure funding for projects involving stormwater collection systems. Many have been adversely affected by climate change and pollution.
“Against the backdrop of extreme weather fueled by the climate crisis, heavy rainfall can flood communities, overload facilities that treat wastewater and contaminate our waterways with sewage and pollution. Through President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, we’re providing communities with critical resources to manage stormwater and sewer overflows with resilient infrastructure to prevent these serious challenges,” EPA Assistant Administrator for Water Radhika Fox said in a statement. “With $50 million in grant funding and new requirements under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, the Biden-Harris Administration is helping address the threat of stormwater inundation in communities that need it most.”
According to the release, the updated Sewer Overflow and Stormwater Reuse Municipal Grant program will also provide cost-free grant assistance to small and financially distressed communities. The EPA has already offered North Dakota, Utah, Wyoming, South Dakota and Montana each $248,000 of stormwater collection and sewer system support funding. Meanwhile, Colorado just received an offer of $531,000 in funding under the program.
Robert Yaniz Jr. is the Content Editor for Environmental Protection.