As part of his testimony today before the Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources and the Environment, Congressman Hank Johnson (GA-04) urged his colleagues to consider more investment in water infrastructure projects.
While Rep. Johnson praised the $4 billion for clean water projects under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act -- $120 million for Georgia -- that helped create or save more than 340 jobs in the state, he said more needs to be done.
"I'm convinced that more funding is necessary for water infrastructure, especially in Georgia and my District," said Rep. Johnson, who pointed out that Georgia received a "C" for wastewater, a "D+" for storm water and a "C+" for drinking water infrastructure in a report by the American Society of Civil Engineers.
The report also found that Georgia's drinking water infrastructure needs an investment of $9.02 billion over the next 20 years and that Georgia has $2.35 billion in wastewater infrastructure needs.
Closer to home, Rep. Johnson said timely investments in water resources projects could help put Fourth District residents back to work.
"In 2008, DeKalb County provided my office with a report listing 20 shovel ready water projects, totaling $1.6 billion," he said. "These projects could be further along, and my constituents could go to work building them, with the adequate federal funding. I know that the situation is similar in Rockdale and Gwinnet Counties as well."