NGA Water Policy Learning Network: Call with EPA on Infrastructure Funding - Shared screen with speaker view
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Does EPA maintain a definition for "underserved communities" or is this left to each state to determine?
happy to connect anyone that is interested to more resources on the One Water approach
Can EPA encourage States to start hiring additional SRF staff now? It seems like everything is moving forward real fast except for this, and I don't think that the letter to Governors clearly let them know that SRF staff will likely need to be increased in order to handle BIL (and remind them that those positions are federally funded)?
it would also if EPA encouraged Congress to provide 106/PWSS funding so states have the resources they need.
We've been hearing from state programs that there are definitely concerns with the workloads that the BIL will bring onto already limited staff.
If you haven't already seen the BIL guidebook, this is a great resource that outlines where the federal programs, including EPA, are in implementing BIL funds: https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/01/BUILDING-A-BETTER-AMERICA_FINAL.pdf
We are excited about HQs leadership on TA as well!
Sec. 106 State, Tribal and Assistance Grants
To Bevin's point, states' increased staffing needs to manage BIL funds and programs includes technical staff, financial staff for managing funding (i.e., executing loans), and marketing/outreach staff to help coordinate with communities, other financing entities, etc.
Alan - you got it right!
Great session, thanks all!
Great session! Thank you Bevin for organizing and great presentation Wendi!
Thanks for hosting this Wendi and Bevin!!
Nice job Wendi
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