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Governor Scott, Secretary Moore Highlight Water Infrastructure Investments in Royalton | Office of Governor Phil Scott – Office of Governor Phil Scott

Royalton, Vt. – Governor Phil Scott and Agency of Natural Resources Secretary Julie Moore today visited the Royalton Water Treatment Facility project and highlighted the substantial investments secured this year in wate…….

Royalton, Vt. – Governor Phil Scott and Agency of Natural Resources Secretary Julie Moore today visited the Royalton Water Treatment Facility project and highlighted the substantial investments secured this year in water, sewer and stormwater infrastructure, and climate resiliency.

More details can be found in the below transcript of Governor Scott and Secretary Moore’s remarks.

Governor Scott: Good afternoon and thank you for the introduction, Theron.

Thank you for being here today. It’s good to be here in Windsor County to talk about much needed infrastructure investments we’re making this year.

I want to first start by thanking Legislators, some here today, for working with me and my team to invest hundreds of millions of dollars in key areas this year. There’s no doubt this will benefit the state for years to come.

Last year, after we learned how much we’d get through ARPA funding, I laid out my vision where we split over one billion dollars into five buckets where we felt would best serve Vermonters.

About $250 million for Housing. Over $200 million to combat climate change. $200 million for water, sewer and stormwater infrastructure projects. $250 for broadband. And over $170 for economic development.

Understandably, there’s rightfully been a lot of attention this summer on the housing investments we made and the broadband buildout that’s started.

But we’re here today to also talk about the water, sewer, and stormwater infrastructure projects which will give communities across the state more opportunities.

We put forward the package we did because to get the transformative results from the once-in-a-generation opportunity ARPA has given us, we need these initiatives to complement each other.

When communities have better infrastructure, they can support business growth and more housing.

One doesn’t work well without the other.

And after building out and improving traditional infrastructure and connecting more places to broadband, we’ll be able to attract another generation to our state, connecting them to 21st Century jobs.

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It’s also critical we provide clean drinking water for Vermonters.

Much of our infrastructure is decades, sometimes over a century old, and the investments we’re making this year will help ensure these commitments are sustainable in the future.

Secretary Moore will go into more detail in a few minutes but updating this infrastructure now will save us in the long term.

We know the climate is changing and will include more extreme weather events, so investing in climate resiliency now, which we’ve done, will help us mitigate the impacts of extreme storms and the flooding that comes with it. 

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Source: https://governor.vermont.gov/press-release/governor-scott-secretary-moore-highlight-water-infrastructure-investments-royalton

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