Federal funding for Los Osos sewer one step closer

Los Osos got one step closer to millions of dollars of federal funding for a sewer Thursday thanks to Congresswoman Lois Capps.

Capps, D-Santa Barbara, asked Congress for an authorization of up to $35 million for the construction of a wastewater treatment facility in the seaside town as part of the Water Resources Development Act Bill of 2007.

The bill, approved by the U.S. House of Representatives Thursday, allocates money for water improvement projects nationwide. The Senate is expected to pass their version of the bill before both parties reconcile and final amounts are authorized.

If the bill is signed by the President, appropriations committees will determine how much water projects—like the one in Los Osos—would receive.

Indiana Congressman Pete Visclosky, D-Ind., who chairs one of those committees, visited Los Osos in mid-April to get a first-hand look at the polluted Morro Bay Estuary.

--Sona Patel