Marlene Feist, Public Works Strategic Development Director, 509.625.6505
Wednesday, March 6, 2019 at 11:47 a.m.
On Thursday, March 7, Spokane Mayor David Condon will testify before a Congressional subcommittee on the importance of federal investment in clean water projects to deliver environmental results at an affordable price.
“Cities across the nation are faced with requirements that demand major investments in their water and wastewater infrastructure,” says Mayor Condon. “Cities are working to be environmentally responsible while maintaining affordability for their citizens. As a result, they need flexibility and support to meet these kinds of generational investments from our federal and state partners.”
The Mayor will provide testimony to the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee’s Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment. He is delivering remarks as a representative of the US Conference of Mayors, which supports cities across the nation.
The City of Spokane is in the midst of a $350 million program to improve the health of the Spokane River, while limiting annual increases in water and sewer utility charges to inflation.
The City is using an integrated approach to address river water quality problems in a more affordable way. The Mayor will thank the subcommittee for its work to codify integrated planning to provide more flexibility for cities to meet environmental requirements.
The City’s work to improve the river includes:
Citizens can watch the testimony live on Thursday, March 7, at 7 a.m. as part of the live stream of the subcommittee hearing. The Mayor is the first witness on the agenda.