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Senate Committee Discusses Funding for Western Water Recycling

Date: May 27, 2022

In response to the unprecedented drought facing western states, the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee heard testimony last week regarding a range of recently introduced bills, including two bills that would authorize additional federal funding for water recycling projects. The Committee also heard from Camille Touton, Commissioner of the Bureau of Reclamation, who answered questions about the pending legislation.

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) discussed her legislation, the Support to Rehydrate the Environment, Agriculture and Municipalities (STREAM) Act (S.4231), which authorizes $300 million for water reuse projects through the Bureau of Reclamation’s Title XVI-WIIN Water Reuse Grants Program, raises the per-project funding cap from $20 million to $50 million, and authorizes an additional $150 million for desalination projects. The legislation is cosponsored by Senators Mark Kelly (D-AZ) and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ). WateReuse worked closely with Senator Feinstein to develop the legislation. Senator Catherine Cortez Masto (D-NV) asked for the Committee’s support for her Large-Scale Water Recycling Project and Drought Resiliency Investment Act (S. 2334), which authorizes the appropriation of up to $750 million to the Department of Interior for grants to water and power authorities for the planning, design, and construction of large-scale reuse projects. The legislation is cosponsored by Senators Feinstein, Alex Padilla (D-CA), and Jacky Rosen (D-NV). Commissioner Touton spoke in support of both pieces of legislation.

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