Stamas supports $3.3B water infrastructure plan

LANSING, Mich. — Senate Appropriations Committee Chairman Jim Stamas on Thursday voted for legislation to invest $3.34 billion in making critical improvements to the state’s water quality and infrastructure.

“I have consistently said we should use our historic federal funding to make transformational changes that will benefit everyone in Michigan for years to come and that is exactly what this plan will do,” said Stamas, R-Midland. “The Protect MI Water plan would make unprecedented investments to protect our water, ensure people have access to clean drinking water, and make necessary improvements to our aging water infrastructure.”

Senate Bill 565 would use $2.37 billion in federal funding, $680 million in state resources and $290 million in repurposed state bond funds to improve Michigan’s dam infrastructure, wastewater systems and groundwater protection and provide clean drinking water.

The bill features $1 billion to replace lead pipes throughout the state, $700 million to upgrade local drinking water and wastewater facilities, $100 million in grants to remove PFAS chemicals from “orphaned” sites, and $85 million to ensure students have access to safe water at school.

SB 565 would also designate $680 million for dam infrastructure, including $650 million for projects prioritizing dam risk reduction, $15 million for emergency response activities by the state where a dam owner fails to pay for necessary work; and $15 million for a grant program for dam rehabilitation or removal.

The bill now heads to the House of Representatives for consideration.