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Congress Approves $18.7 Billion Clean Water Act

The Daily Times
March 12, 2009

The U.S. House of Representatives today approved the Water
Quality Investment Act of 2009, which among its $18.7 billion in spending
will help rural Eastern Shore counties upgrade water systems.

In total, the bill authorizes through 2014 $332.9 million for Maryland’s
Clean Water State Revolving Fund. That money is available through
low-interest loans and loan subsidization.

Maryland Ist District Congressman Frank M. Kratovil Jr. sponsored an
amendment that states set aside 15 percent instead of just 10 percent of
their revolving funds for municipalities under 10,000 residents. Eight of
the 15 top 15 Clean Water Fund priorities in Maryland are located in the 1st District.

“Larger population centers are often allocated additional funding based
upon the assumption that the benefits will find their way towards smaller
suburban and rural communities,” said Kratovil, a Democrat, said in the

“Especially in the case of the Chesapeake Bay, it is critical that the
smaller and often rural areas on the front lines of protecting the
environment also have the resources they need to be successful,” he states.



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