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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: July 15, 2010
Councilwoman Marcason to testify before Congressional Committee
Fourth District City Councilwoman Jan Marcason testified July 15 on behalf of the National League of Cities before the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment at a hearing regarding “putting America back to work through clean water infrastructure.”
Councilwoman Marcason was instrumental in the approval of Kansas City, Missouri’s EPA-mandated Overflow Control Plan. This sewer renovation project is the largest economic development program in our city’s history. The Overflow Control Plan will cost $2.5 billion over the next 25 years. It is projected to create nearly 20,000 good-paying jobs over the life of the project. Some jobs will be in the area of emerging technologies, others in design, engineering and construction. All 28 communities served by Kansas City, Missouri’s Water Services Department will directly benefit from the improvements and the economic development opportunities that will be provided.
Improving the infrastructure system to protect our public health and promote our local economies requires substantial investment. Councilwoman Marcason urged the Subcommittee to reauthorize and fully fund the Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund program and the Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund so grants will be available to local governments.
Federal assistance for infrastructure needs has declined by 75 percent over the past 20 years while municipal costs for operation and maintenance of our aging systems have dramatically
increased. Cities all across the United States are faced with the same daunting task of addressing clean water needs with dwindling local budget revenues.
"I am pleased to participate in this national recognition of Kansas City's use of green solutions and the economic activity our plan will generate," said Councilwoman Marcason. “Both Subcommittee Chairwoman Eddie Bernice Johnson and Transportation & Infrastructure Committee Chairman James Oberstar have visited Kansas City and met with local officials and city staff to learn more about our innovative approach.”
View a copy of the full testimony and Councilwoman Marcason’s comments.
Media inquiries and other requests for more information should contact Susan Borge at 816-513-1617.