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Cardin Urges Federal Action to Protect Local Water Systems from Climate Change

February 13th, 2020 by WCBC Radio

U.S. Senators Ben Cardin (D-Md.) and Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) are calling for urgent federal action to protect water systems from climate change impacts in response to a U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO) report released today. The report, Water Infrastructure and Climate Change Impacts,” documents the need for the federal government to work with states and local utilities to strengthen the resilience of water infrastructure to climate impacts. The report makes practical suggestions that we should implement immediately.


“Providing safe, clean water is one of government’s most fundamental roles and the faster we act to make our water infrastructure resilient to climate change impacts, the more we can reduce the risks and control the costs,” said Senator Cardin, ranking member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Transportation and Infrastructure Subcommittee. “This GAO report is the latest to show how our drinking water and wastewater treatment systems are at great risk from climate change impacts and that there is no better investment than protecting public health through our water infrastructure.”


“This report is a blaring warning of the consequences of neglecting climate resiliency planning,” said Senator Whitehouse, a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee. “Climate change threatens the drinking water, health, and quality of life for millions of Americans.  We ought to invest more in planning ways to restore and strengthen the infrastructure that protects our drinking water and sewer systems.”


Senators Cardin and Whitehouse wrote to GAO in September 2017 requesting they study what is known about the effects of climate change on the nation’s water systems and the potential fiscal risks posed by those effects. They also sought an evaluation of federal actions that may be taken to reduce such risks.


2 Responses to “Cardin Urges Federal Action to Protect Local Water Systems from Climate Change”

  1. February 13, 2020 at 11:31 pm, Hank said:

    Cardin wants taxes up again. Im all for a clean environment but let’s us common sense. Us working/ middle class folks here in Western MD don’t have the money Montgomery County has. We need jobs!!!


  2. February 16, 2020 at 9:12 pm, Terri Lynn Martin said:

    Climate change is Liberal Propaganda Hoax! IF they TRULY cared about our drinking water systems they’d be finding more ways to eliminate waste & increase effective usage esp in the Commercial area! Also, especially since our area feeds into the DC/METRO waterways, PROTECTION from hostilities should strongly be prioritized!
    INSTEAD of working for real & effective solutions the Libtard DEMONocRATs run around like Chicken Little screaming ‘Sky Falling!’ & their lemmings believe it cuz their Propagandists manipulate real facts to make it look true.
    …ya’d think, but now, they’d understand the world changes over time, cold to hot, vice versa and back again. ONLY GOD can control mother nature!
    …but, that’s right…I forgot, most don’t believe in God, let alone Science!


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