Statement by The Nature Conservancy on the Passage of a $5 Billion Clean Water Bond Act by New York State Senate

To Protect New York's Water Resources

Albany, NY | June 15, 2017

“The Nature Conservancy applauds the passage of legislation authorizing a $5 billion Clean Water Bond Act today by the New York State Senate,” said Jessica Ottney Mahar, policy director for The Nature Conservancy in New York. “Following this year’s historic budget appropriation of $2.5 billion for clean water, the passage of this legislation, which authorizes the largest-ever bond measure in state history, is a bold statement that protecting New York’s water resources is priority #1. New York State estimates that nearly $80 billion in water infrastructure repairs are needed across the state. Our communities are at risk from sewage pollution and unreliable drinking water systems. The historic investments in this year’s budget, and measures like the one proposed in this legislation, would move the needle in leveraging local, private, and federal funding to protect the sources of our drinking water, and ensure New Yorkers have safe and reliable water and wastewater systems. The Nature Conservancy looks forward to continuing to support State leaders in their efforts to prioritize clean water funding.”


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