Monday, April 10, 2023
Washington, D.C. – Oregon’s U.S. Senators Jeff Merkley and Ron Wyden announced today that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) is awarding Oregon $8,559,000 from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) to help upgrade wastewater and stormwater systems.
“Reliable access to clean water is vital to the health and safety of any community,” said Merkley, Chair of the Senate Interior Appropriations Subcommittee, which funds this program. “These funds will help improve water infrastructure—a top concern I hear from folks in every corner of Oregon, especially in rural communities. I’ll continue to do all I can to ensure clean and reliable water and safe sanitation for all our communities here in Oregon and across the nation.”
“Oregonians deserve big-league clean water infrastructure,” Wyden said. “These dollars will go a long way to help communities large and small upgrade essential wastewater and stormwater systems to protect public health and our natural treasures.”
The EPA announced over $775 million nationally from the 2023 Consolidated Appropriations Act for states, Tribes, and territories through this year’s CWSRF. The funding is in addition to $2.4 billion in Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funding that was announced by the EPA in February. Both rounds of funding will help communities upgrade essential wastewater and stormwater systems to protect public health and treasured water bodies across the nation.