WASHINGTON – Congressman Tom Reed is pleased to announce increased support for both the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) and Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds (SRFs) under the House-passed consolidated appropriations bill. Both projects saw increased funding levels under the bill, a move Reed says is due to focusing on programs that are results driven and deliver tangible returns on investment.
Last week, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand also announced the GLRI component in the Senate version of the bill.
GLRI saw funds increased to $300 million under the House bill. Those dollars will go toward combating invasive species like hydrilla, restoring wetlands and other habitats, protecting wildlife, cleaning up toxins and protecting watersheds. The 23rd district, which includes Lake Erie and Lake Ontario watersheds has more than a dozen projects funded through the GLRI.
SRFs help to fund critical drinking water and water quality protection projects across the country. New York is able to use this funding to assist municipalities and privately-owned water systems and infrastructure with improving drinking water systems and upgrading waste water treatment facilities and storm water management projects.