A new report says a North Carolina program could be a prototype for a federal trust fund for clean–water infrastructure, an advocacy group says. The fund, established by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1996, has awarded more than $700 million to local governments, state agencies and conservation for clean–water projects, says Food and Water Watch. The Washington, D.C.–based group released the report Oct. 2 to make the case for a federal clean–water trust fund.