EBC & 495/MetroWest Partnership Program: Massachusetts Water Infrastructure Funding and Primacy – The Path to Sustainability?
Water supply, wastewater treatment systems and stormwater management programs protect our heath and keep us safe from water borne diseases. The availability of high quality water is important to Massachusetts businesses, including life sciences and manufacturing, and healthy rivers, lakes and wetlands free from pollutants are critical for our natural environment. Despite the importance of clean water, our aging water infrastructure system suffers from a lack of investment, delayed maintenance, and insufficient resources. Our drinking water, waste water and stormwater infrastructure need increased investment if they are going to continue to deliver reliable clean water.
In February 2012, the Massachusetts Water Infrastructure Committee issued its report analyzing the Commonwealth’s water needs and proposing a road map to a sustainable future. Included among its recommendations is the establishment of a new trust fund, to be funded annually at $200 million and used for a mixed program of direct payments to cities and towns, low interest loans and grants, for water projects. The Committee’s report also called for an analysis of state primacy over federal clean water permits. Massachusetts is one of only three states in the nation that has not adopted responsibility (“Primacy”) for state level regulation of the National Pollution Discharge Elimination System (“NPDES”) program which regulates discharges of pollutants to waters of the United States.
This program will provide an update on water infrastructure funding, what primacy may mean for Massachusetts, nutrient management, and proposed State Revolving Fund (SRF) changes.
Jessica Strunkin, Deputy Director
Partner, Bowditch & Dewey, LLP
- State Representative Carolyn Dykema, Eighth Middlesex District
- State Representative Matt Beaton, Eleventh Worcester District
- Bethany Card, Assistant Commissioner, Bureau of Resource Protection, MassDEP
- Tom Tilas, Vice President, AECOM
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