AMSA Vice president Paul Pinault Testifies to Recommendations on Sebate Water Investment Act of 2002

Clean Water Advocacy - News Releases - February 28, 2002

For Immediate Release: February 28, 2002
Contact: Adam Krantz, 202/833-4651, AMSA

AMSA Testifies on Senate Water Investment Act
The Association of Metropolitan Sewerage Agencies (AMSA) applauds the leadership of the Senate Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee in introducing the Water Investment Act of 2002 (S. 1961). AMSA believes Senators Bob Graham, Michael Crapo, James Jeffords, and Bob Smith have taken an important step, as the bill title states, "to improve financial and environmental sustainability of the water programs of the United States." AMSA recommends, however, that S. 1961 be significantly streamlined to direct the bill's funds to support the core needs of our communities ? wastewater and drinking water infrastructure repair and replacement and compliance with costly regulatory requirements.

AMSA represents more than 270 publicly owned treatment works (POTWs) across the country which treat more than 18 billion gallons of wastewater each day and service the majority of the U.S. sewered population. AMSA's Vice President and Executive Director of the Narragansett Bay Commission in Providence Rhode Island, Paul Pinault, testified today before EPW's Subcommittee on Fisheries, Wildlife and Water with AMSA's assessment of S.1961. Paul Pinault's testimony offers several key recommendations that POTWs believe will improve the bill, including changes to S.1961 that would:

AMSA's Executive Director, Ken Kirk, says, "S. 1961 is an important first step toward recognizing the need for increased wastewater infrastructure funding. At the same time," Kirk adds, "we recommend that S. 1961 focus more specifically on the urgent wastewater infrastructure needs this country faces, while also streamlining the SRF to facilitate municipal access to these key funds."

AMSA looks forward to continuing its work with EPW and thanks the Committee for taking this first important step towards ensuring and building upon the environmental and public health gains made over the past 30 years since enactment of the Clean Water Act. AMSA's testimony is available at

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