Delaware Funding Initiative for Clean Water Efforts

Jan 22, 2020

Credit Don Rush

DOVER, Del. (AP) — Delaware lawmakers want to establish a state trust fund to coordinate and manage financial resources for clean water initiatives.

Democratic Gov. John Carney signaled his support Tuesday by announcing that he would propose $50 million in next year's capital budget for wastewater, stormwater, drainage and drinking water infrastructure.

Officials say the $50 million is in addition to $20 million for clean water programs in the current year's budget, and can be used to leverage federal funds.

Despite decades of clean water initiatives, a 2017 report by state task force found that more than 90% of Delaware's waterways were impaired.