04 Oct '11, 6pm

How Investing in Water Infrastructure Could Grow Green Jobs

How Investing in Water Infrastructure Could Grow Green Jobs

The push for green jobs has always focused on its dual benefits: Helping the environment while also digging the country out of its economic rut. Today, that argument got a fresh spin, with a new report that says a major infusion of cash could create jobs and shore up our crumbling water infrastructure. It's going take north of $188 billion to properly manage stormwater in the U.S. and preserve water quality, according to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency . That scale of investment may potentially create nearly 1.9 million jobs over the next five years, which could mean that 1 in 7 unemployed residents could go back to work. "Those are good quality jobs," said Jeremy Hays, chief strategist for state and local initiatives at the nonprofit Green For All and co-author of the report, "Water Works: Rebuilding Infrastructure, Creating Jobs, Greening the Environment." "They...

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