Senator Eldridge, Representative Dykema Receive 2014 Legislator of the Year Award from the MWRA Advisory Board

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Senator Eldridge (D-Acton) and Representative Carolyn Dkyema (D-Holliston) receiving the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) Advisory Board 2014 Legislator of the Year Award, with Fred Laskey, Executive Director of the MWRA.

BOSTON—(Thursday, March 19) Senator Jamie Eldridge (D-Acton) and Representative Carolyn Dykema (D-Holliston) received the 2014 Legislator of the Year Award from the Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) Advisory Board at an awards ceremony held at the Boston Water and Sewer Commission.

“It is a tremendous honor to receive the MWRA 2014 Legislator of the Year Award,” said Senator Jamie Eldridge. The MWRA Advisory Board and staff have played a critical role in the legislative process since I began chairing the Water Infrastructure Finance Commission in 2009 and introduced water and wastewater legislation that became law last year. I am grateful to receive the award and will continue to increase state investments in water infrastructure across Massachusetts.”

“It is an honor to be named Legislator of the Year by the MWRA Advisory Board,” said Representative Dykema. “The water infrastructure bill we passed last year with significant contributions from the MWRA is a step toward partnering with our cities and towns to better manage our water and wastewater systems. I look forward to continuing the conversation and using the momentum we gained last session to further protect the Commonwealth’s water resources.”

“Senator Eldridge’s efforts in 2014 have played a major role in putting water and wastewater infrastructure back on the map,” stated Katherine Dunphy, Advisory Board Chair.

“Their work in the passage of the landmark S.2021 An Act Improving Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure builds a foundation moving forward to begin necessary and critical investment in our infrastructure,” said Joe Favaloro, Executive Director of the MWRA.

Senator Eldridge and Representative Carolyn Dykema co-chaired the Water Infrastructure Finance Commission, which identified $40 billion in unmet water, sewer, and stormwater infrastructure needs over the next 20 years. Last session, both legislators led efforts to pass An Act Improving Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure, which was signed into law. This landmark legislation will increase investment in water infrastructure across the state, reform how infrastructure is funded, and prioritize the use of green infrastructure to begin adequately addressing our state’s urgent water infrastructure needs.

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