Making the Case for Equitable Water Infrastructure Investment, Repair, and Upgrades
Do you want updated drinking water and wastewater treatment plants and pipes, more rain gardens to reduce stormwater pollution and flooding, and opportunities to restore local rivers and floodplains? Do you want these infrastructure investments to create more job opportunities for the people who live in your community, to help build your local economy, and address historic injustice and lack of investment? If the answer is yes, watch this informational webinar to learn about great new resources available to help you win support for more infrastructure investment and jobs in your community.
- Fay Hartman with American Rivers discusses their new report “Rivers as Economic Engines.” Learn how investments in water infrastructure, natural infrastructure, and healthy rivers can create jobs, strengthen local communities, improve public health, and address longstanding injustices and harm caused by a longterm lack of investment in Black, Indigenous, Latinx, and low-income communities.
- Katie Harris with the BlueGreen Alliance discusses their new report “Water Works: The Job Creation Potential of Repairing America’s Water Infrastructure.” Hear how investments in the nation’s water systems, combined with strong labor and procurement standards, will improve water systems from their current “D+/D” grades to a “B” grade while creating 654,000 job-years—a good, high-paying job that employs a person full-time for one year—across the U.S. economy.
- Katherine Baer, River Network’s Science and Policy Director and member of Policy Link’s Water Equity and Climate Resilience Caucus (WECR), details the WECR’s goal and recommendations to ensure water infrastructure investments build climate resilience and expand economic opportunities for communities of color.
Hear about these new tools and how we can use them to advocate at the federal, state, and local levels to get our infrastructure repaired while building our local economies, creating jobs, and addressing injustice.
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