Last Tuesday, a coalition of environment groups that includes Environmental Advocates, the New York League of Conservation and the Adirondack Council launched a campaign to urge state lawmakers leaders to commit at least $800 million in the state’s 2016-17 budget to pay for repairs and upgrades to the state’s water infrastructure.

Calling themselves the ‘Fix Our Pipes’ coalition, they want the state to use a portion of the approximately $2 billion that it has in unbudgeted settlement funds to be used to address the state’s water infrastructure needs.

They cite Departments of Environmental Conservation (DEC) and Department of Health (DOH) reports that have identified over $36 billion in wastewater and $38 billion in drinking water infrastructure over the next 20 years.

Unshackle Upstate does not always see “eye to eye” with these groups, but we share their concern for investing in the state’s infrastructure. Last January, we issued a report in which we documented the state’s infrastructure needs, and recommended that the state invest in our crumbling roads, bridges, water and sewer systems.  Read the full report here.