Thursday, August 4, 2011

Green and Stender Water Bill Signed Into Law

(22nd Legislative District) - Legislation Assembly Speaker Pro Tempore Jerry Green and Assemblywoman Linda Stender to protect clean water and ensure safe drinking water throughout the 22nd Legislative District was signed into law on Thursday.

The bill (A-4057) authorizes the New Jersey Environment Infrastructure Trust to expend up to about $648 million on environmental infrastructure projects included in the state's clean water project priority and drinking water priority project lists.

"Clean water and safe drinking water are a shared priority," said Green (D-Union/Middlesex/Somerset).  "This bill is a smart investment into our communities, public health and all the benefits that come with a strong infrastructure, such as jobs and economic growth."

"This new laws benefits families, the environment and our economy," said Stender (D-Union/Middlesex/Somerset).  "Clean and safe drinking water is vital to our quality-of-life and well-being, and this initiative represents another step in our commitment to healthy families and strong communities."

The bill provides $14.8 million for the Linden Roselle Sewerage Authority and $4 million for Middlesex Water Co.  The full project list can be viewed at:

Since its creation in 1985, the trust has provided low-cost financing for the construction of environmental infrastructure projects that enhance and protect ground and surface water resources, ensure the safety of drinking water supplies and make possible responsible and sustainable economic development.

The trust has provided more than $2 billion in loans to local government units and some private water companies to finance wastewater systems, combined sewer overflow abatement, nonpoint source pollution control and safe drinking water supplies.

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