As part of his commitment to tackle the climate crisis, President Joe Biden signed an executive order January 27 that prioritizes modernization and building up of the nation’s infrastructure, including the aging water system. The executive order, which is part of his economic recovery plan, seeks to create millions of jobs in manufacturing, construction and clean energy .
The order establishes a National Climate Task Force and creates an office within the White House that seeks to coordinate a climate agenda with creating economic opportunities, consistent with the President’s Build Back Better jobs program. It also establishes a Civilian Climate Corps Initiative to put Americans to work on conserving and restoring public lands and water, increasing reforestation and other steps for addressing the changing climate.
The president’s order was praised by lawmakers including the chairs of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure and the Subcommittee on Water Resources and Environment, who said a key means for accomplishing his goals will be the Water Resources Development Act of 2020, which outlines steps that will be taken to treat and protect the nation’s waterways.