U.S. Senators Al Franken and Amy Klobuchar said they worked to pass a major water infrastructure bill in the Senate on Thursday because it not only creates jobs, modernizes community water systems, and makes the nation's waterways more navigable, but it will also bolster investment in clean drinking water and in efforts to replace dangerous lead pipes.
The Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) supports restoration efforts on Lake Superior, which Sen. Franken has long fought for, and includes resources for local governments and states to build modern water infrastructure projects. It will also provide critical resources and funding to conserve fish and wildlife populations in the Great Lakes, and priorities that require the use of American iron and steel in all projects funded through the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, all provisions from Sen. Klobuchar.
The bill would make the country's drinking water safer by providing federal funds to replace lead pipes and by supporting new lead testing measures.
"This comprehensive bill will inject new federal support into Minnesota: for infrastructure projects like dredging, for repairing locks and dams, and for building treatment plants," said Sen. Franken. "The legislation also helps ensure clean drinking water and provides important support to restore Lake Superior."
"Our 21st century economy demands 21st century infrastructure, and that requires investments in our waterways, like the all-important Great Lakes," Sen. Klobuchar said. "This bill supports water infrastructure projects that will boost our economy and help ensure that tour children's drinking water is safe and free of lead."
The measure also includes provisions to strengthen "Buy America" rules, a long-time priority of Sen. Franken's.