October 04, 2021

Duckworth Discusses Critical Water Infrastructure with Rend Lake Conservancy District Officials


[WASHINGTON, D.C.] – U.S. Senator Tammy Duckworth today met with Rend Lake Conservancy District General Manager Keith Thomason and Rend Lake Conservancy District General Counsel Larry Sanders to discuss critical water infrastructure projects in Southern Illinois. During the virtual meeting, Duckworth and the officials also spoke about lack of water sources in the region and the federal programs and projects available to help the district.

“I had a good discussion with Rend Lake Conservancy District officials about the importance of water infrastructure, ongoing projects in the region and safeguarding our environment,” Duckworth said. “Federal infrastructure investments are critical to upgrading our nation’s water systems and I look forward continuing to work in Congress to help improve Illinois’ water infrastructure.”

In August, Duckworth voted to pass the Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal out of the Senate, which includes $2.5 billion for inland waterways project construction and another $2.5 billion for inland flood risk management. This deal also fully authorizes Duckworth’s bipartisan Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Act (DWWIA), which would help rebuild our nation’s crumbling and dangerous water infrastructure, includes $15 billion for lead service line replacement and another $500 million in lead testing and reductions programs.