On January 10, NACo Associate Legislative Director Julie Ufner will testify before the U.S. Senate’s Environment and Public Works (EPW) Committee to discuss the role counties play in strengthening America’s water infrastructure, and the importance of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) to counties as we fulfill our water resources responsibilities. The hearing, “America’s Water Infrastructure Needs and Challenges,” will be held Wednesday, January 10 at 10:00 AM EST and can be streamed online here.
Counties play an essential role in building and maintaining America’s water infrastructure, and invest more than $120 billion overall in infrastructure per year. Counties own 45 percent of public roads, 40 percent of public bridges and are involved in a third of the nation’s public transportation systems and airports. In addition, more than 70 percent of counties invest in storm sewer systems. Counties are regularly addressing water infrastructure needs, especially when preparing and responding to flooding threats and other water challenges and hazards.
Watch the EPW hearing for more on the county role in water infrastructure, challenges counties face in dealing with their water resource issues, and how WRDA can strengthen the federal-state-local partnership and ensure counties are able to provide for the public health and safety of our residents.
Other witnesses scheduled to appear at the hearing include:
- Scott Robinson, Port Director, Muskogee City-County Port Authority, Oklahoma
- Steve Cochran, Associate Vice-President for Coastal Protection, Restore the Mississippi Delta Coalition
- William Friedman, Chairman-elect; American Association of Port Authorities
- Nicole Carter, Natural Resources Policy Specialist, Congressional Research Service