Youngstown – Today, Ohio Senate Minority Leader Joe Schiavoni (D-Boardman) joined U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Aaron Young, Executive Director of Mill Creek MetroParks to call for state and federal legislation to assist communities across Ohio in improving outdated sewer and water systems.  Senator Schiavoni and Senator Brown discussed the legislation during a press conference at Mill Creek Park—the site of a sewage spill earlier this summer that polluted waterways and killed fish.

“Senator Brown shares my commitment to giving Ohio communities more resources to pay for critically important water and sewer infrastructure improvements,” said Senator Schiavoni.  “Local ratepayers can’t afford to shoulder all the burden for these costly projects.”

Last week Senator Schiavoni introduced Senate Joint Resolution 3 to allow the state to issue up to $100 million per fiscal year over a ten-year period for sewer and water capitol improvements.  The proposed $1 billion dollar total investment would be distributed through a grant program if it’s approved by the General Assembly and Ohio voters.

“Keeping our water clean and safe should be a collaborative effort where all levels of government work together to protect a vital resource,” added Senator Schiavoni.

Senator Brown announced that he will introduce the Clean Water Affordability Act in the United States Senate.  The bill would authorize $1.8 billion grant program over five years to help financially distressed communities update their aging infrastructure. 

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