facebook-24x24

Click to search Click to search

Washington – The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) today released its proposed 2020 Financial Capability Assessment for the Clean Water Act, which will help communities plan for water infrastructure improvements. Due to concerns about unfunded mandates on local governments, Congress directed the EPA to revise its 1997 Financial Capability Assessment Guidance, which is used to evaluate the financial capability of a community when developing a schedule to pay for water infrastructure improvements. Today’s proposal includes new metrics to establish a community’s implementation schedule, including indicators that more accurately reflect how much low-income communities can afford to pay for water infrastructure upgrades. 

The U.S. Conference of Mayors, the National League of Cities and the National Association of Counties released the following statement: 

“Local governments applaud the EPA for issuing the 2020 Financial Capability Assessment for the Clean Water Act, which will help communities improve water infrastructure, protect public health, and avoid placing an undue economic burden on our most vulnerable citizens. As local elected officials continue to deal with the coronavirus pandemic and economic fallout, it is time for the federal government to recognize a new model for determining affordability for our residents and our communities.

“Local governments fund nearly all of the nation’s investments in wastewater, drinking water and stormwater infrastructure, including $125.5 billion in 2017 alone. These funds are generated primarily through customer rates and user fees, which often result in an undue and disproportionate financial burden on low, moderate, and fixed-income households, making water bills unaffordable for many.

“Despite these substantial investments, many local governments continue to struggle to maintain and improve water-related infrastructure without further impacting our most vulnerable citizens. This situation has been compounded by the economic hardships brought on by COVID-19, where local governments face at least a $500 billion fiscal impact over the next two years while our residents struggle to pay their bills.

“Our organizations and members worked with EPA for over a decade to develop additional tools for local governments to assist with our efforts including: the 2011 Protecting Water Quality with Green Infrastructure Memorandum; the 2012 Integrated Municipal Stormwater and Wastewater Planning Approach Framework, which was codified into the Clean Water Act in 2018; and the 2014 Financial Capability Assessment Framework. 

“Local governments strongly support a revised affordability guidance that includes new metrics to inform a community’s implementation schedule, including indicators that more accurately reflect how much low-income communities can afford to pay for water infrastructure upgrades.”

Join GCB Three Times Weekly Updates

Welcome to Three Times Weekly Updates! You will be subscribed to email notifications with links to recently posted articles.
captcha 
You can unsubscribe anytime. We never share or rent your email to anyone.

Fire Alerts

Editor's Note

Check out Pets to Adopt. The High Desert Humane Society has some new cats and dogs up for adoption.

Those new to providing news releases to the Beat are asked to please check out submission guidelines at https://www.grantcountybeat.com/about/submissions. They are for your information to make life easier on the readers, as well as the editor.

Classifieds: We have changed Classifieds. Check periodically to see if any news ones have popped up. The former software failed us, so it's just a category now, with prices posted. Send your information to editor@grantcountybeat.com and we will post it as soon as we can. Instructions and prices are on the page.

Images: We have received complaints about large images blocking parts of other articles. If you encounter this problem, click on the title of the article you want to read and it will take you to that article's page, which shows only that article without any intruders. It's a software problem, not easily fixable, other than showing fewer articles per summary page. If you are a frequent visitor, you might not mind fewer articles per page, but if you only come once in a while, you likely want to see more articles to browse. Write me at editor@grantcountybeat.com to let me know your feelings on this issue. 

Compliance: Because you are an esteemed member of The Grant County Beat readership, be assured that we at the Beat continue to do everything we can to be in full compliance with GDPR and pertinent US law, so that the information you have chosen to give to us cannot be compromised. 

New Columnists: The Beat continues to bring you new columnists. And check out the old faithfuls who continue to provide content.

The Beat has a column for you gardeners out there. The Grant County Extension Service will bring you monthly columns on gardening issues. The first one posted is on Winterizing your houseplants and patio plants.

The Beat totally appreciates its readers and subscribers!  

WARNING:

All articles and photos indicated by a byline are copyrighted to the author or photographer. You may not use any information found within the articles without asking permission AND giving attribution to the source. Photos can be requested and may incur a nominal fee for use personally or commercially.

NOTE: If an article does not have a byline, it was sent to the Beat and written by someone not affiliated with the Beat

Don't forget to tell advertisers that you saw their ad on the Beat.

Newsletter: If you subscribe to the Join GCB Three Times Weekly Updates option on the left side of this page, you will be subscribed to email notifications with links to recently posted articles.

Here for YOU: Consider the Beat your DAILY newspaper for up-to-date information about Grant County. It's at your fingertips! One Click to Local News.

Feel free to notify editor@grantcountybeat.com, if you notice any technical problems on the site. Your convenience is my desire for the Beat. 

Disclaimer: If you find errors in articles not written by the Beat team but sent to us from other content providers, please contact the writer, not the Beat. For example, obituaries are always provided by the funeral home or a family member.

We can fix errors, but please give details on where the error is so we can find it. News releases from government and non-profit entities are posted generally without change, except for legal notices, which incur a small charge.

Thanks for your support for and your readership of Grant County's online news source—www.grantcountybeat.com

20191110