The Washington Post reported last week that the Environmental Protection Agency has started funneling all grant money through a single political appointee in the nation’s capital. The Post also said EPA staff were told this summer to block all grants to Alaska, a state that has a lot riding on how EPA grants are awarded.
For about the past seven years, the federal dollars for Alaska’s water and sewer projects has remained flat. That’s a big problem in rural parts of the state, where the existing infrastructure is getting old, and the cost to replace or upgrade those systems is growing.
Communities around the state seem to be dealing with new threats to water and sewer systems from environmental changes linked to global warming.
Federal and state funding isn’t keeping up with the need, and the situation is likely to get worse due to climate change.
What if you didn’t have piped water and sewer, and the government wasn’t picking up the tab to get you some? How would you find a low-cost system that you could keep running through the winter?