Congressman Bob Filner, a senior member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, is concerned that the State of California may lose millions of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds allocated to the Clean Water State Revolving Loan Fund (CWSRF) and Drinking Water State Revolving Loan Fund (DWSRF).
According to recent information from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), the State of California has been slow to spend ARRA funding allocated through the CWSRF and DWSRF. The State of California was obligated $283,116,500 for the CWSRF, but has only $181,073,759 under contract and $18,880,616 in project outlays. The State was obligated $159,008,000 for the DWSRF, but has only $74,376,300 under contact and $667,323 in outlays.
The State of California must have the remaining CWSRF and DWSRF funding under contract by February 17, 2010. Any funds not under contract by the statutory deadline will be lost and re-allocated to other states.
In a letter (enclosed) to Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Congressman Filner stated: “With so many Californians out of work, there is absolutely no excuse for our state to forgo federal funds that could be used to put people to work immediately and make long-term investments in our water infrastructure. I urge you to take immediate action to ensure the remaining funds are equitably distributed to local communities for projects that can be under contract before the statutory deadline!”