Congresswoman Angie Craig’s Bipartisan Bill to Reduce Water Pollution Passes House

Bill would renew and increase funds for local communities to address water pollution
April 11, 2019
Press Release

Today, U.S. Rep Angie Craig’s (MN-02) bill cosponsored by Rep. Brian Mast (FL-18) to reduce harmful water pollution in our local waters passed out of the House with overwhelming bipartisan support.

The Local Water Protection Act would reauthorize and increase voluntary grants from the Environmental Protection Agency designed to give local and state governments the flexibility to create conservation programs to reduce water pollution from storm runoff and snowmelt that are specific to their communities.

Rep. Craig led this effort with Republican Rep. Mast because she is committed to working across the aisle to push legislation that makes the communities of the Second District stronger.

You can learn more about the Local Water Protection Act here.

“Local communities are the experts on the most innovative and effective ways to address pollution caused by snowmelt and storm runoff in their water sources,” said Rep. Craig. “I’m honored to have passed my first bipartisan bill out of the House today to support local government efforts to keep our water clean and safe for generations to come.”

“Like many other states, Florida has felt the social and economic consequences of environmental disaster firsthand. The water issues stemming from Lake Okeechobee exemplify why it's absolutely critical that we work together to strengthen conservation programs, promote public health, defend our environment and protect our waterways,” Rep. Mast said. “This bipartisan bill will increase federal support to address pollution from agricultural runoff, assist with septic to sewer conversions and prevent other forms of pollutants.  It goes to show how working together we can make a real difference for our waterways.”

The Local Water Protection Act passed with an overwhelming bipartisan vote.