January 28, 2009

Wednesday Headlines: House Set to Vote on Economic Stimulus Today

Posted in California, Florida, Georgia, Iowa, Maryland, National, New Jersey, Pennsylvania at 4:20 pm by bengann

The House of Representatives is set to vote today on a $825 billion economic stimulus plan which has $19 billion in water projects–including $6 billion for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) and $2 billion for Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF). Should the legislation pass the Senate is expected to take up its own version of the legislation next week with an estimated cost of $888 billion. The Senate version currently includes $4 billion for the CWSRF and $2 billion for the DWSRF.

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The American Scoiety of Civil Engineers (ASCE) released its 2009 Report Card for America’s Infrastructure, giving it a grade of D. Drinking Water and Wastewater both received grades of D-minus. ASCE estimates that $2.2 trillion in investment is needed over the next 5 years to meet the nation’s infrastructure needs. Click here for more on the Report Card. 

A list of capital projects totaling $120 million, will be submitted by the city of Cumberland, Maryland to state and federal officials for consideration in the federal stimulus package being considered in Washington. The list includes $47.5 million for seven sewer overflow sites in the city.

A six vehicle crash this morning in Des Moines, Iowa is being blamed on a water main break that left a two to three inch sheet of ice on the road creating hazardous driving conditions.

Philadelphia’s elevated high-speed elevated subway service, known as the El, was disrupted this morning after a water main break caused a sinkhole that SEPTA officials feared had compromised a nearby support column.

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