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Rep. John Lewis Secures $3 Million in Energy and Water Projects in the 5th District

July 19, 2007
Press Release

Congressman Lewis has been instrumental in his support for sewage and water infrastructure initiatives to alleviate long-standing problems in the Atlanta metro area. In a very tight budgetary environment where federal contribution to vital state initiatives have been radically reduced or eliminated across the country, Congressman Lewis was able to continue focused federal attention on Atlanta’s sewer and water problems.

Through his efforts, the following projects were appropriated $3 million in funding through HR 2641, Energy and Water Appropriations for FY 2008 passed yesterday by the U.S. House of Representatives. The bill must still be passed by the Senate and signed by the President to become law.

  • Environmental Infrastructure, Atlanta, GA: $1,000,000
    The City of Atlanta has undertaken the largest water and sewer renovation project in its history. Excessive overflows from the combined sewer system, coupled with sanitary sewer overflows and leaks in the separated area, are seriously impacting metropolitan Atlanta regional water quality. The proposed project would improve surface water quality by providing combined sewer capacity relief to capture more storm water and sewage flows and associated flood relief in several areas of the City.

  • Morehouse Minority Energy Science Research and Education Initiative, Atlanta, GA: $2,000,000 Morehouse College will develop The Minority Energy Science Research and Education Initiative, a comprehensive program for high achieving students, to prepare them for the rigors of science, technology, engineering and math-related careers. The program immerses the participants into a 4-year program, beginning the summer before their freshman year, and involves a structured program of mentored research, tuition support, ongoing seminars, and summer research experiences at research laboratories around the country. Morehouse also seeks to selectively enhance its laboratory facilities in Dansby Hall that are designed to enhance the pedagogical process and advance research areas consistent with the National Nuclear Security Administration objectives within the U.S. Department of Energy.