Protecting & Restoring Long Island's Peconic Bays

The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL)

What is The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL)?

On Nov. 15, 2021, President Biden made history by signing The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law (BIL).

The United States of Americas infrastructure has been underfunded and is in desperate need of an upgrade. Addressing our nations infrastructure will directly improve the environment, economy, and citizens health. BIL is the largest investment in climate resiliency in the history of our nation, providing multiple funding opportunities to tackle the various climate-related issues that directly affect our communities, especially those who have been historically underserved. 

“It will – make historic investments in environmental clean-up and remediation, and build up our resilience for the next superstorms, droughts, wildfires, and hurricanes that cost us billions of dollars in damage each year.” – Statement by President Biden on the House Passage of the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, November 6, 2021

BIL and Our Environment

To address the complex intertwined issues that our environment faces, BIL funds will be used to identify, assess, prevent, restore, and adapt to changes in our ecosystems. BIL funded projects seek to support environmental stewardship and invest in nature-based solutions that build coastal resilience, create jobs, store carbon, restore habitat and promote economic development.

Improvements in water quality and ecological habitats directly support local human health. Especially on long Island, who gets its drinking water from a single aquifer. Improvements to infrastructure can prevent polluted runoff and excess nutrients from entering our watershed.

These improvements also enhance quality of life by providing safe access to waterways for cultural and recreational activities. The development and implementation of strategies to increase water access and enjoyment directly benefits the people living in disadvantaged communities.

The BIL mission looks to empower underserved communities through ensuring that their needs are prioritized. BIL funds will be used to enhance a community’s ability to adapt to their changing environment and have resources easily available to making significant strides towards habitat restoration and preservation.

BIL, The National Estuary Program (NEP), and the CCMP

The National Estuary Program (NEP) is an EPA program that has identified 28 estuaries of significance along our nation’s coasts, including us at the Peconic Estuary Partnership (PEP). The Bipartisan Infrastructure Law is providing $132 million for the National Estuary Program’s 28 longstanding National Estuary Programs (NEPs) for fiscal years 2022 through 2026.

Each of the 28 NEPs create and implement a Comprehensive Conservation Management Plan (CCMP) based on each estuary’s unique needs. The NEP projects funded by BIL seek to accelerate the implementation of their CCMPs and prioritize projects that restore water quality and ecological integrity with a special focus on areas with historically underserved communities. Environmental justice is an important initiative incorporated into NEPs BIL funded projects. Prioritizing projects in disadvantaged communities boosts their local economy.

BIL and Justice 40

In 2021 Executive Order 14008 established the Justice 40 initiative which mandates that at least
40% of the benefits of certain federal programs must flow to disadvantaged communities.
Federal investment in certain categories including climate change, clean energy and energy
efficiency, remediation and reduction of legacy pollution, and the development of critical clean
water and wastewater infrastructure are subject to Justice 40. PEP identifies communities identified as Environmental Justice areas and prioritizes them when choosing sites for our projects.

BIL Work Plans and Funding

Our BIL Funded Projects

Meeting House Creek Stormwater Management and Wetland Restoration

Stormwater Management, Climate Change Adaptation, and water quality improvements in the Meetinghouse Creek watershed through the storage and treatment of stormwater runoff using green infrastructure.

Broad Cove Preserve

Broad Cove is a 100-acre waterfront parcel of land being turned into a nature preserve to benefit the environment and the people living in the nearby communities. 

C.H.A.N.G.E.S

The Peconic CHANGES project is a multi-faceted approach to address many of the issues associated with climate change in the Peconic Bays with an emphasis on Blue Carbon Ecosystems.

Goose Creek Sub-Catchment Discharge Elimination in the town of Southold

This project seeks to eliminate direct stormwater discharge in Goose Creek by updating our stormwater management practices and outdated infrastructure, while continuously monitoring the water quality.

Sag Harbor Stormwater Control Project

This project will provide stormwater remediation in Sag Harbor Cove and Havens Beach with three green infrastructure installations to manage stormwater and filter pollutants.

Southampton Riverside Wetland Restoration and Community Access

This is a wetland restoration project in the identified areas. The community Driven concept plan prioritizes water access, climate resiliency and education for the local community.

Innovative/Alternative(IA) Onsite Wastewater Treatment System Maintenance

Homeowners who decide to replace their cesspool or septic system with the new I/A OWTS technologies may be eligible for grants from New York State and Suffolk County toward the purchase and installation of a nitrogen removal septic system and leaching structure.

Resources

EPA BIL

EPA BIL Fact Sheet

Justice 40 Initiative

The White House BIL

Citations

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law Funds Proven Projects for Wildlife: U.S. fish & wildlife service. FWS.gov. (n.d.). https://www.fws.gov/initiative/directors-priorities/bipartisan-infrastructure-law-funds-proven-projects-wildlife 

The United States Government. (2023, March 29). Fact sheet: The Bipartisan Infrastructure Deal. The White House. https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/11/06/fact-sheet-the-bipartisan-infrastructure-deal/ 

The United States Government. (2024, February 6). Guidebook to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. The White House. https://www.whitehouse.gov/build/guidebook/ 

A guidebook to the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for state, … (n.d.). https://www.whitehouse.gov/wp-content/uploads/2022/05/BUILDING-A-BETTER-AMERICA-V2.pdf 

By, & Kanzig, E. (2023, October 2). What’s inside the Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Act for water? River Network. https://www.rivernetwork.org/whats-inside-the-infrastructure-investment-and-jobs-act-for-water/ 

Environmental Protection Agency. (n.d.). EPA. https://www.epa.gov/infrastructure/national-estuary-program-bipartisan-infrastructure-law-implementation-memo 

EPA. (n.d.-b). https://www.epa.gov/system/files/documents/2022-07/NEP%20BIL%20Implementation%20Memo%20FY22-26_July%202022_signed.pdf 

Public Broadcasting Service. (2021, December 27). Connect NY. PBS. https://www.pbs.org/video/understanding-the-bipartisan-infrastructure-bill-f8bnzc/ 

Fisheries, N. (n.d.). Habitat restoration under the bipartisan infrastructure law and Inflation Reduction Act. https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/national/habitat-conservation/habitat-restoration-under-bipartisan-infrastructure-law-and-inflation-reduction-act 

Fisheries, N. (n.d.-b). Welcome to NOAA: NOAA Fisheries. Welcome to NOAA | NOAA Fisheries. https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/ 

Fisheries, N. (n.d.-b). More than $265 million in funding recommended for transformational habitat restoration and coastal resilience projects. https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/feature-story/more-265-million-funding-recommended-transformational-habitat-restoration-and-coastal 

Infrastructure law: Climate-ready coasts. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. (n.d.). https://www.noaa.gov/infrastructure-law/infrastructure-law-climate-ready-coasts 

Estuary. Education. (n.d.). https://education.nationalgeographic.org/resource/estuary/ 

Environmental Protection Agency. (n.d.-a). EPA. https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/biden-harris-administration-announces-132-million-epas-national-estuary-program 

EPA. (n.d.-b). https://www.epa.gov/system/files/documents/2022-07/NEP%20BIL%20Implementation%20Memo%20FY22-26_July%202022_signed.pdf 

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. U.S. Department of the Interior. (2022, March 31). https://www.doi.gov/investing-americas-infrastructure 

Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. (n.d.-a). https://www.noaa.gov/infrastructure-law 

Infrastructure. Bureau of Land Management. (n.d.). https://www.blm.gov/about/laws-and-regulations/infrastructure 

Environmental Protection Agency. (n.d.-a). EPA. https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/epa-highlights-historic-106-million-investment-water-infrastructure-benefitting-long 

Environmental Protection Agency. (n.d.-a). EPA. https://www.epa.gov/newsreleases/biden-harris-administration-announces-256106000-clean-water-infrastructure-upgrades 

The United States Government. (2021, November 15). The bipartisan infrastructure law advances environmental justice. The White House. https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2021/11/16/the-bipartisan-infrastructure-law-advances-environmental-justice/ 

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