Deputy Director Mary Cromer was recently interviewed by NPR about what Biden’s plan could mean for repairing vast water infrastructure issues in our region:
“A 2019 report by the US Water Alliance identified Appalachia as one of six ‘hot spots’ in the country where access to clean water is lacking.
Cromer also pointed to the potential of the Water Justice Act introduced this year by then-U.S. Senator and now Vice-President-Elect Kamala Harris. Cromer said that legislation would not only include funding for income assistance to let people afford water but would also grant money that could help struggling water districts afford to make repairs to their system.
‘They have to spend money on maintenance every month because the [Martin County] system is in such bad shape. So it’s just a dilemma,’ Cromer said. ‘There is no real easy answer there other than we’ve got to have some assistance coming in to help the district get out of the hole.’”