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No longer treading water, Delaware moves toward dedicated cleanup funding

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A bill that would dedicate $25 million a year toward tackling Delaware’s growing backlog of water-cleanup and drainage projects cleared a key legislative hurdle Wednesday.

The measure passed out of the House’s Natural Resources Committee, setting up a vote before the full chamber later this month.

Supporters say they hope to couple the dedicated funding with bonds to raise the annual total to $50 million. The state faces a $100 million annual shortfall in funding water quality programs aimed at reducing pollution to waterways, managing flooding and updating water infrastructure, according to a state task force report.

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