Press Release

April 7, 2016
Cardin Highlights National Organizations Calling for Increased Funding to Support America’s Water Infrastructure

WASHINGTON – U. S. Senator Ben Cardin (D-Md.), a senior member of the Senate Environment and Public Works Committee, today noted that more than three dozen national organizations from across the political spectrum were calling for increased investment in America’s water infrastructure.


“People rarely think about how important water infrastructure is to our public health, our economy or simply to quench our thirst. But incidents like the recent crisis in Flint underscore the dangers that can result when the safety of our drinking water is not made a priority,” said Senator Cardin. “I am heartened to know that more than three dozen organizations, representing tens of millions of members from all across the country, are calling for increased investments in our nation’s water infrastructure.”


Organizations include:

  1. Amalgamated Transit Union
  2. American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC)
  3. American Federation of Teachers
  4. American Public Works Association (APWA)
  5. American Rivers
  6. American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE)
  7. Associated General Contractors of America (AGC)
  8. Association of Metropolitan Water Agencies (AMWA)
  9. BlueGreen Alliance
  10. Chesapeake Bay Foundation
  11. Clean Water Action
  12. Communications Workers of America
  13. Earthjustice
  14. EDF Action
  15. Environment America
  16. Environmental Defense Fund
  17. Food and Water Watch
  18. International Union of Bricklayers and Allied Craftworkers (BAC)
  19. International Union of Operating Engineers (IUOE)
  20. Laborers International Union of North America (LIUNA)
  21. League of Conservation Voters
  22. Maryland Rural Development Corporation
  23. National Association Clean Water Agencies (NACWA)
  24. National Association of Counties
  25. National Conference of State Legislatures
  26. National League of Cities
  27. National Wildlife Federation
  28. Natural Resources Defense Council
  29. Northeast-Midwest Institute
  30. Parents for Nontoxic Alternatives
  31. River Network
  32. Rural Community Assistance Partnership (RCAP)
  33. Service Employees International Union
  34. Sheet Metal, Air, Rail and Transportation Union
  35. Sierra Club
  36. Southern Environmental Law Center
  37. Theodore Roosevelt Conservation Partnership
  38. Union of Concerned Scientists
  39. United Association of Journeymen and Apprentices of the Plumbing and Pipe Fitting Industry of the United States and Canada
  40. United Association of Plumbers and Pipefitters (United Association)
  41. United Auto Workers
  42. United Steel Workers
  43. Utility Workers Union of America
  44. Vinyl Institute (VI)
  45. Water Alliance
  46. Water Infrastructure Network


“Clean water is one of the most basic foundations of our daily lives – we ignore its safe storage and delivery at our own peril. Unfortunately, we have a lengthy history of overlooking the need to invest in this key aspect of our future, and children in communities like Flint are the ones being made to suffer most,” said Senator Cardin. “We can and must immediately do more as a country to better protect our waters and our kids.”


Senator Cardin recently introduced legislation that responds to the nationwide crisis of unsafe drinking water and crumbling infrastructure that has combined to poison residents of Flint, Mich., and communities throughout the country, by more than tripling the drinking water and clean water state revolving funds.