Crunching the Stimulus Bill for Infrastructure : WaterCrunch Gets Money!

I am feeling good. I called my lobbyist this morning and told him thanks. The $787 billion stimulus package was approved by the House on Friday, then by the Senate last night. So much money to go around. Buried deep in the text was an $10,000 allocation for WaterCrunch to develop infrastructure educational material. I can not believe this got through. This was the easiest thing I have ever done in my life.

What else is in the bill? I tried to seperate the water and transportation from the bill.  View a larger image of this breakdown.

20.1 billion was alloted for water and environmental type projects. Here are the big ticket items:

  • DOE environmental cleanup: $6 billion
  • EPA Clean Water and Drinking Water funds: $6 billion
  • EPA cleanup, including Superfund: $1.2 billion
  • Agriculture Dept., rural water and waste disposal facilities: $1.28 billion appropriations
  • Army Corps of Engineers civil works: $4.6 billion
  • Bureau of Reclamation: $1 billion

47.8 billion was alloted for transportation projects. Again, here are some of the heavy hitters in this category:

  • Highways: $27.5 billion
  • Transit: $8.4 billion
  • New discretionary grant program: $1.5 billion for highways, transit, rail, seaports, other projects. 
  • Airport Improvement Program construction grants: $1.1 billion
  • Rail: $9.3 billion, including allocations for Amtrak and high-speed rail.
Update:
My lobbyist just called.  Drat!  My allocation for WaterCrunch apparently was cut at the last minute.  Oh well,  there will always be another bill.
Visit Read the Stimulus Bill.org to learn more.

1 Comment

  1. Great Graph. Specifically on the water side, the final version of H.R. 1 includes:* $4 billion for clean water under the Clean Water State Revolving Fund programs* $2 billion for drinking water under the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund, with $1.2 billion set aside from both the clean water and drinking water programs for green infrastructure and water and energy efficiency projects.* $830 million for the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration, a portion of which will be used for river restoration projects.

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