Biden-Harris Administration and EPA Announce Delivery of BIL Funding for Historic Water Infrastructure in Maryland
PHILADELPHIA (September 16, 2022) – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today awarded Maryland $76 million in Bipartisan Infrastructure Act (BIL) funding for water infrastructure improvements in local communities that protect health and restore water quality.
President Biden’s BIL allocates more than $50 billion to the EPA to repair the country’s critical water infrastructure, helping communities access clean, safe and reliable drinking water, increasing resilience , collect and treat sewage to protect public health from pollution and safeguard vital waterways. These grants will complement the $41 million in FY22 funding allocated to the Maryland State Drinking Water Revolving Fund (SRF) and mark the first major distribution of funds for water infrastructure through BIL. State allocations were previously announced. State allocations were previously announced.
“All communities need access to clean, reliable, and safe water,” said EPA Administrator Michael S. Regan. “Thanks to the leadership of President Biden and the resources of the historic bipartisan Infrastructure Act, we are repairing aging water infrastructure, replacing lead service lines, cleaning up contaminants, and making our communities more resilient to flooding and climate impacts. .”
“President Biden has been clear – we can’t leave any community behind as we rebuild America’s infrastructure with the bipartisan Infrastructure Act,” said White House Infrastructure Coordinator Mitch Landrieu. “Because of its bipartisan Infrastructure Act, nearly half of the SRF’s incremental funding will now be in the form of grants or forgivable loans, making it easier to access these critical water resources for small, rural and disadvantaged communities. .”
“Help is on its way to the state of Maryland,” said Adam Ortiz, regional administrator for EPA Mid-Atlantic. “This funding represents the ‘delivery of a promise’ the Biden administration has made to help our communities most in need of clean water and programs to control contaminants and harmful stormwater runoff. EPA Mid-Atlantic looks forward to assisting and partnering with our states to accelerate this essential work.
“No Marylander should have to worry about access to clean, affordable water, but recent challenges have emerged that put public health at risk,” said Senator Ben Cardin, chairman of the Senate subcommittee. environment and public works, transport and infrastructure. “For decades, communities in Maryland have looked to the state’s clean water and clean water revolving funds as a reliable source of federal assistance for long-term water infrastructure projects. short term. Thanks to the bipartisan Infrastructure Act passed by Congress. Signed into law by President Biden, more robust federal funding is now available to address a backlog of critical water infrastructure needs, such as replacing aging pipes, upgrading wastewater treatment plants and control of stormwater runoff. The Maryland team understands how critical it is to protect public health and the Chesapeake Bay, through affordable access to safe, clean water for all. We will continue to ensure that the federal government remains a strong partner for Maryland communities. »
“Maryland is ready to make the most of our allocation and invest in the areas our state needs most,” said Maryland Department of Environment Secretary Horacio Tablada.
EPA’s SRFs are part of President Biden’s Justice40 initiative, which aims to deliver at least 40% of the benefits of select federal programs to underserved communities. In addition, nearly half of the financing available through SRFs, thanks to BIL, must be grants or principal forgiveness loans that remove barriers to investing in critical water infrastructure in underserved communities. across rural America and in urban centers.
The funding announced today represents FY22 BIL awards for states that have submitted and received EPA approval for their funding plans. SRF capital grants will continue to be awarded, on a rolling state-by-state basis, as more states receive approval throughout FY22; states will also receive awards over the next four years. As grants are awarded, state SRF programs can begin distributing the funds as grants and loans to communities in their state.
BIL presents the biggest financing opportunity ever to invest in water infrastructure. Learn about bipartisan infrastructure law programs and other programs that help communities manage their water on www.epa.gov/infrastructure.
For more information on the projects planned for this funding in Maryland, please visit https://mde.maryland.gov/programs/water/WQFA.