Sen. Franken Helps Pass Job-Creating Water Infrastructure Bill to Benefit Minnesota

U.S. Senator Al Franken (D-Minn.) said he worked to pass a major water infrastructure bill in the Senate on Thursday because it not only creates jobs, modernizes community water systems, and makes the nation’s waterways more navigable, but it will also bolster investment in clean drinking water and in efforts to replace dangerous lead pipes. The Water Resources Development Act (WRDA) supports restoration efforts on Lake Superior, which Sen. Franken has long fought for, and includes resources for local governments and states to build modern water infrastructure projects. The bill would make the country’s drinking water safer by providing federal funds to replace lead pipes and by supporting new lead testing measures. “This comprehensive bill will inject new federal support into Minnesota: for infrastructure projects like dredging, for repairing locks and dams, and for building treatment plants,” said Sen. Franken. “The legislation also helps ensure clean drinking water and provides important support to restore Lake Superior.”