U.S. House Approves $20 Million Each to Haverhill, Methuen and Lawrence to End Sewage Overflows

In March 2022, Congresswoman Lori Trahan welcomed newly appointed Environmental Protection Agency Regional Administrator for New England David Cash to Lowell to discuss the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law’s historic investments in upgrading Massachusetts water infrastructure, particularly sewage systems along the Merrimack River. (Courtesy photograph.)

The U.S. House of Representatives last week approved $20 million each for Haverhill, Lawrence and Methuen to help curb combined sewage overflows into the Merrimack River.

The federal help followed testimony from Congresswoman Lori Trahan before the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee where she laid out the need to address the pollution problem.

“Substantial federal investments are essential to complete long overdue sewage system upgrades across our district. That’s why I went to bat for this funding authorization that gets us one step closer to bringing home $100 million in sewage funding for Lowell, Lawrence, Methuen, Haverhill and Fitchburg,” said Trahan.

The money still requires further approval and President’s Biden’s signature.

This money was included as part of the Water Resources Development Act of 2022. The bipartisan legislation, including these investments in the 3rd District’s water infrastructure, passed the House earlier in June 2022 and then again earlier this week as part of the James M. Inhofe National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2023.

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