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feature Cleaning Water, Creating Jobs By Mary Lou Jay Improving the water quality in Connecticut's coastal and inland waterways provides many environmental and quality of life benefits. What people sometimes overlook, however, is the business impact of these cleanup initiatives, which create and preserve jobs in several industries, including construction. Connecticut's Clean Water Fund is the state's primary mechanism for providing money for clean water projects. Since 2008 the Clean Water Investment Coalition, led by the Connecticut Fund for the Environment (CFE), has been leading efforts to secure consistent and adequate resources for this fund. CCIA is a member of the coalition, as are several other associations from the construction and fisheries industries. Members 12 / connstruction / WINTER 2015 also include water authorities and commissions, local government groups and environmental protection organizations. Missing clean water goals The federal and state governments had budgeted money for clean water projects in the 1980s and 1990s, but by the early 2000s much of that money had dried up as funds were diverted to other priorities. Many clean water projects, including upgrades to sewage treatment plants, were sitting on the shelf because municipalities couldn't afford to build them. That included projects that would benefit the quality of water in the Long Island Sound. Connecticut and New York had previously signed agreements to reduce the total maximum daily load (TMDL) for nitrogen flowing into the Sound and to reduce the combined sewer overflows (CSO) from municipalities. But Connecticut was falling behind on both commitments. "We were missing targets and at the projected rate of investment we would have missed those targets by a century," says Leah Schmalz, who manages the Save the Sound program for CFE. "There were a lot of communities, especially in low income areas, that were being impacted disproportionately because of all these problems." Environmental groups in the non-profit sector were threatening to sue the state to force compliance. "They were saying, 'We have been falling down on this for long enough, we really need to start doing something,'"

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of CONNstruction - Winter 2015

The Big Dam Challenge
MDC’s Office of Diversity: Promoting
Call Before You Dig – System Enhancement!
Cleaning Water, Creating Jobs
Connecticut’s New Port Authority Key to Economic Growth
40-Year Old Treatment Plant Gets Royal Flush Upgrade
What You Need to Know About WOTUS
AGC of Connecticut Industry Recognition Awards
Connecticut Environmental & Utilities Contractors Association Annual Fall Meeting
Diggers Mixers Fixers – 2015 Golf Outing!
CCPC – 2015 Summer Outing!
2015 Young Contractors Forum bus trip to the new Yankee Stadium
2015 YCF Fall Membership Meeting
Index to Advertisers/ Published

CONNstruction - Winter 2015