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L’Italien Ensures Millions In Senate Bill To Fund Environmental Projects

Jul 23, 2018 05:43AM ● By Theresa Gilman

State Senator Barbara L’Italien

(Editor's Note: the following information was provided by Barbara L’Italien for Congress.) 

BOSTON – The Massachusetts Senate today voted to authorize up to $2 billion in bonds for climate change adaptation, environmental preservation, and energy asset improvement projects across the Commonwealth.
Among the spending authorizations L’Italien successfully fought to include in the bill were $1,750,000 for culvert repair and restoration in Dracut, $250,000 for the Merrimack Valley Clean River Project to buy a new boat skimmer to clean the Merrimack River, and $500,000 to clean up contaminated needles and sharps in public spaces.
“These initiatives, if funded, will do a lot to improve our waterways and quality of life,” said Senator Barbara L’Italien. “Ensuring water can drain properly through the town of Dracut, and ensuring public health and clean rivers, were important priorities of mine and I’m proud that I was able to deliver on them in this bill.”
Other initiatives that Senator L’Italien co-sponsored and helped successfully pass include an amendment to create an Agricultural Innovation Fund to award grants to farmers for fostering agricultural innovation and efficiency, as well as initiatives to fund implementation of a statewide monitoring and notification system for combined sewer overflow discharges, public land protection, a ban of plastic bags, and salt marsh restoration and reforestation, among others.
“I am glad that we passed legislation in the Senate to help small Massachusetts farmers, who make up a vital part of the Dracut economy and way of life,” said Senator L’Italien.
The bill now moves to the House of Representatives for consideration.
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