Since the start of the 2020 Minnesota Bonding Session, the Ecumenical Water Initiative has been mobilizing folks in support of Governor Walz’s $300 million budget proposal for water infrastructure upgrades and improvements across the state. The aging and failing water infrastructure (water pipes, storm drains, wastewater treatment plants, etc.) poses an imminent threat to the health and wellness of Minnesotans. Rural communities and communities of color are particularly impacted by aging infrastructure, because they typically cannot afford to make the upgrades.
This water infrastructure package intends to support these communities through city project plans and additional funding through the Clean Water and Drinking Water Revolving Funds. Click on the tab below to learn more about the proposal.
This proposal was not introduced in the June, 2020 special legislative session, so its prospects are unclear for the future at this time.
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