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American Rescue Plan: Opportunities to Fund Water Infrastructure Policies

VACo is pleased to announce an upcoming webinar on the American Rescue Plan and ways ARP funds can be used for water infrastructure priorities.

The American Rescue Plan Act (ARP) established the Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds, an $65.1 billion allocation for local government to use to respond to acute pandemic response needs, fill revenue shortfalls and support hard-hit communities. It also allows funds to be used for “necessary investments in water, sewer or broadband infrastructure.

This 1.5-hour webinar will provide an overview of the ARP, detail how funds can support stormwater and wastewater, share several examples of local government plans for funding, and a follow-up document with jurisdiction and national resources for additional questions. The webinar goals are to address questions, learn of examples, and consider funding projects that address long-standing water infrastructure needs.

The webinar is completely free to join and is scheduled for Tuesday, September 14 at 10am (EST). Speakers for the event include Diana Esher (EPA Region 3 Acting Director), Adam Pugh (NACo Associate Legislative Director), Carolyn Berndt (National League of Cities Sustainability Legislative Director), and Jasmine Gore (Mayor of Hopewell, VA and Local Government Advisory Committee Chair).

The webinar is a joint effort of the Alliance for the Chesapeake Bay, Chesapeake Bay Program, Local Government Advisory Committee (LGAC) to the Chesapeake Executive Council, National Association of Counties (NACo), National League of Cities (NLC), Maryland Association of Counties (MACo), Maryland Municipal League, Pennsylvania Association of Boroughs, the Virginia Municipal League (VML), and the Virginia Association of Counties (VACo).

For details and registration information, please visit

VACo Contact: Chris McDonald, Esq.

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