The New York Water Environment Association (NYWEA) announced today that Congressman Tim Bishop has been named the 2012 recipient of the Nelson A. Rockefeller Award for Environmental Stewardship. The Rockefeller Award was created by NYWEA, a statewide, non-profit organization comprised of water quality management professionals, to honor an elected official who has made substantial and meaningful contributions to advancing water quality and America’s environment.
“NYWEA is very impressed with Congressman Bishop’s commitment to funding our aging infrastructure. He has been a steward for environmental issues on Long Island, in New York State and the nation,” said Patricia Cerro-Reehil, NYWEA executive director.
NYWEA launched the award in 1973, honoring its namesake, Governor Rockefeller. Subsequent recipients have included Governor George Pataki, Senator Edmund Muskee, Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Congresswoman Nita Lowey.
“I am honored to be recognized by NYWEA for my advocacy of smart federal investments that will protect and enhance the significant progress we have made under the Clean Water Act,” said Congressman Bishop. “Without continued improvements, our aging infrastructure will not be able to keep up with population growth and that will lead to significant costs for our environment, our economy, and public health.”
As top Democrat on the Water Resources and Environment Subcommittee of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Bishop has championed the protection of the Long Island Sound and other waterways and advocated for strong federal funding to improve water infrastructure. He is the lead sponsor of the bipartisan Water Quality Protection and Job Creation Act of 2011, which addresses the nation’s substantial needs for wastewater infrastructure by investing $13.8 billion over five years in infrastructure upgrades and establishing a clean water trust fund to provide long-term financing.
He is lead sponsor of the bipartisan Long Island Sound Improvement Act Amendments of 2011 (H.R.2110), which will improve and restore water quality in Long Island Sound by providing new funding and regulatory tools for states and municipalities to protect waters throughout the Sound’s watershed. He also defeated a plan to dump contaminated dredge spoil as well as led the opposition against a plan to industrialize the Sound.
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