Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Helps Communities Prepare for Their Climate Futures
The article highlights the impact of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL), officially known as the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act (IIJA), over the past two years. The BIL has provided communities with funds to address environmental issues, invest in infrastructure, and prepare for emerging climate challenges. The article focuses on various funding opportunities, such as the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Solid Waste Infrastructure for Recycling (SWIFR), the EPA's Brownfields Multipurpose, Assessment, Revolving Loan Fund and Cleanup (MARC), FEMA's Building Resilient Infrastructure and Communities (BRIC), and the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation's WaterSMART Initiative. It provides examples of how municipalities, including Iowa City, Beattyville, Chelsea, Everett, and Hemet, have utilized these funds to enhance environmental goals, reduce waste, and mitigate climate impacts. The article emphasizes the positive outcomes and community benefits resulting from the BIL's implementation.