Congress has spent more than $2.2 billion on the program over the past seven years, funding more than 2,900 projects in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York and Wisconsin.
Lots of communities in Indiana ‒ 105, to be exact ‒ are working to reduce their combined sewer overflows right now in a variey of ways – from large storage tunnels to do-it-yourself rain gardens. But why are we seeing so many of these public works projects now?
More than 100 of Indiana’s sewage systems need improvements to comply with federal standards, and the Environmental Protection Agency has sued many cities and towns over sewage overflow problems. Some cities are building new sewage overflow tunnels to fix the problem.
While the country has rallied around ugly brown lead-tainted water in Flint, Michigan, Lee Florea has led Hoosier students along Indiana river and creek-banks to show them that water quality issues aren’t always that easy to see.