Member Briefing: EPA’s Strategies for Ensuring Equitable Access to SRFs
Join WaterNow and key Environmental Protection Agency staff on June 15 at 10am PT / 1pm ET for a 1-hour virtual member* briefing on implementation the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (aka Bipartisan Infrastructure Law) and the Justice40 Initiative. This briefing will:
- Provide a snapshot of how the BIL funds will flow through the State Revolving Funds, including funding levels and types, e.g., grants and loans.
- Outline EPA’s strategy to ensure equitable access to State Revolving Funds, and feature EPA tools and resources available to local decision-makers as they begin to wade into how to access BIL funding.
- Highlight how BIL implementation and Justice40 go hand-in-hand to ensure this unprecedented level of water infrastructure funding will go to communities that need it most.
- Answer local water leaders’ questions about implementation of this new federal funding offering insight into why and how WaterNow members can leverage these resources for equitable, affordable, and climate resilient water solutions.
- Joshua Amaris, State Revolving Fund Program Manager, Environmental Protection Agency
- Howard Rubin, Senior Financial Analyst, Environmental Protection Agency
- Jamie Piziali, Municipal Ombudsman, Environmental Protection Agency**
An unparalleled amount of federal funding is becoming available for local water infrastructure and large portions of these funds will be disbursed through State Revolving Funds, which EPA oversees. In parallel, Justice40 is a “whole-of-government” initiative aimed at delivering at least 40% of federal funds to disadvantaged communities. EPA is working with SRF administrators to implement the BIL and integrate Justice40 with the SRFs. In this role, EPA is at the intersection of these crucial programs that have the potential to build equitable, affordable, and climate resilient water infrastructure in the communities that need it the most.
This virtual briefing is the first installment in WaterNow’s Water Webinar Wednesdays series. We’ll be hosting virtual programming focused on equitable, affordable, climate resilient water infrastructure investments from June to October. Stay tuned for more details.
*Not sure if you’re a WaterNow member? Please email [email protected] to confirm your membership or join for free and gain access to the briefing.
**The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Municipal Ombudsman is an independent, impartial, and confidential resource to assist municipalities in navigating EPA’s Clean Water Act programs. The Municipal Ombudsman also serves internally as a liaison across the agency, provides an impartial perspective/acts in an advisory capacity on Agency activities, and helps to promote innovative Agency policies. Learn more about the Municipal Ombudsman at www.epa.gov/ocir/municipal-ombudsman. Interested in receiving a list of federal clean water resources with a municipal focus? Send an email with the word “subscribe” in the subject line to [email protected].