President Biden’s Rural Infrastructure Playbook
On Monday, April 11, 2022, President Biden announced his "rural playbook," which highlights the infrastructure funding he signed into law on November 15, 2021. This funding will clean up abandoned oil wells, upgrade drinking water systems, and prevent wildfires. There are over 100 federal programs supported by the law. The infrastructure law provides more than $14 billion for efforts aimed at benefiting rural areas nationwide, along with $44 billion dedicated to upgrading drinking water and wastewater systems, and remediating emerging contaminants such as per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) through the Environmental Protection Agency’s state revolving fund programs. Also, $1 billion is targeted for a Forest Service program designed to help rural areas plan for catastrophic wildfires, and $50 million on an Interior Department program to help communities buy air tankers to help fight fires.