The Great Lakes restoration and clean water programs have received an increase in funding for the fiscal year 2020.
Federal Budget Supports Great Lakes, Clean Water Funding
Great Lakes restoration and clean water programs received support in the final federal budget, released by the U.S. House and Senate, according to a press release.
The fiscal year 2020 budget increases funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative, which is the first increase for the program in ten years. It also provides new investments in clean water and drinking water infrastructure programs.
“This budget is good news for the Great Lakes and the 30 million Americans who depend on them for their drinking water, jobs and way of life,” said Laura Rubin, director of the Healing Our Waters-Great Lakes Coalition. “Federal investments are producing results, but serious threats remain, such as polluted runoff, invasive species and toxic pollution. This budget acknowledges those threats and the work that we still need to do.”
According to the press release, the budget includes:
$320 million for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative to restore habitat, clean up toxic pollution and fight invasive species
$1.64 billion for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund to help communities fix and upgrade wastewater infrastructure
$1.13 billion for the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund to help communities fix and upgrade drinking water infrastructure
ResinTech Prepares for Grand Opening of Manufacturing Plant
In Summer 2020, ResinTech will be moving to a new headquarters and production plant in Camden, New Jersey.
The $138.8 million development project includes 353,000 square feet of new construction on approximately 27 acres, according to a press release. The Federal Street campus is walking distance from other global brands who have made a move to Camden, including Subaru of America and Campbell’s Soup Company.
“We are excited to bring together our operations in one campus. This brand-new facility will have the capacity to fulfill our industry’s needs while on-shoring jobs on U.S. soil. It will drive economic growth and be the center of innovation here in the city of Camden,” said ResinTech CEO Jeffrey Gottlieb. “There hasn’t been a manufacturing facility for ion exchange resin in this country in more than 30 years.”
Legionella Conference 2020 Moves to Chicago
The third annual Legionella conference will be held at the Sheraton Grand Hotel on Chicago’s downtown riverwalk. NSF Health Sciences and the National Environmental Health Association (NEHA) are partnering as conference co-hosts.
“The data continues to tell us that deadly Legionnaires’ disease cases are on the rise and it also shows the outbreaks leading to these cases may be preventable. Bringing together experts at the Legionella Conference who can effect change is a major step in our commitment to protecting public health,” said CEO and President of NSF International Kevan Lawlor.