During the 2013-2014 session, Jamie filed the following pieces of legislation to upgrade the Commonwealth’s aging water infrastructure:
An Act relative to best management practices in water
This bill will incentivize the adoption of best management practices for both the clean water SRF and the drinking water SRF. This bill directs the Department of Environmental Protection, with input from the Division of Local Services, to establish guidelines for best management practices in water management, including full cost pricing, financial management, and use of a storm water enterprise fund.
An Act to mitigate water resource impacts
This bill authorizes adoption of an opt-in “water-banking” fund by communities, public water suppliers and DPWs allowing them to charge a reasonable fee for new or increased water withdrawals and sewer use, or when new or redevelop projects are unable to comply with federal, state or local storm water rules. Funds will be used by communities to invest in greener water infrastructure, increase the capacity of wastewater systems and protect drinking water supplies. Measures could include local recharge of storm/wastewater, water reuse, retrofitting properties with water-saving devices, fixing leaky pipes and land acquisition for wellhead protection.