Update: EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt said he is advising President Trump to include water systems in his plans to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure and not limit those funds to roads and bridges. Addressing a Conference of Mayors Leadership meeting in Washington, D.C. on Thursday, Pruitt said, “With the White House, and also with Congress, I am communicating a message that the Brownfield program, the Superfund program, water infrastructure, WIFIA grants, [and] State Revolving Funds are essential to protect, and it’s very important that we do that. Because water quality at its core, it something that infrastructure impacts— water quality and the health of our citizens.”
The White House wants to eliminate funding for water and sewer projects in Alaska Native villages. That’s according to a proposal revealed by The Washington Post this week that would cut more than 25 percent from the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget. If the water and sewer program disappears, the fallout would hit the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta the hardest.