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EPA Awards WV $25M for Water Projects

Wednesday, October 7, 2020

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Late last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it had awarded $24.7 million to West Virginia for various water quality improvement projects addressing wastewater treatment and stormwater runoff.

The projects have been awarded through the EPA’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund program—a federal-state partnership that provides communities with low-cost financing for a wide range of water quality infrastructure projects.

West Virginia’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund

As reported by the EPA, the $24.7 million grant, along with $4.9 million in state matching funds, will further capitalize the state’s CWSRF, providing low interest for the construction of wastewater treatment facilities, non-point source and estuary projects, and other water quality management activities.

The grant money will be combined with repayments from prior loans and interest earnings to provide direct funding to communities.

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Late last month, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency announced that it had awarded $24.7 million to West Virginia for various water quality improvement projects addressing wastewater treatment and stormwater runoff.

“The revolving fund program is essential to providing all Americans the clean and safe water they deserve,” said EPA Mid-Atlantic Regional Administrator Cosmo Servidio. “EPA is proud to support projects that will improve wastewater treatment and stormwater runoff throughout the state to help protect West Virginia’s water resources and improve public health.”

According to the EPA, projects supported by the program will include upgrades to wastewater treatment plants and collection systems, replacing failing on-site septic systems with more modern systems, and extending service to underserved communities. Additionally, other projects will involve the improvement of water quality throughout the state by reducing the amount of raw or poorly treated sewage entering the surface and ground water. 

Recent Water News

Back in April, Environmental and Public Works Committee Chairman John Barrasso, R-Wyoming, and Senator Tom Carper, D-Delaware, released two pieces of draft legislation that would authorize the investment of $19.5 billion in the nation’s water infrastructure.

The proposed legislation includes America’s Water Infrastructure Act of 2020 (AWIA 2020) and the Drinking Water Infrastructure Act of 2020.

According to The Hill, the legislation arrives as President Donald J. Trump called on Congress to pass infrastructure legislation once the COVID-19 health crisis has passed. Barrasso notes that the water infrastructure proposal, along with other previously approved legislation, will answer that call.

Built on the committee’s bipartisan 2018 water infrastructure legislation, Carper adds that the new legislation will “improve projects’ resiliency to extreme weather events, increase the transparency and accountability of federally-funded projects and ensure that every community can benefit from federal funding and support—especially the smaller, rural and vulnerable communities that have been disregarded for far too long.”

To break each drafted bill down individually, the AWIA 2020 legislation plans to authorize $17 billion for infrastructure projects and sets a two-year goal for the Corps to complete various feasibility studies for potential projects.

Specifically, $4.3 billion in federal funds will be used for 20 Corps projects. Most notably, projects receiving the funds include a $909 million flood protection program in Norfolk, Virginia and a $794 million federal share for a $983.7 million flood protection plan for multiple areas along the Atlantic shore of Long Island, New York.

Additionally, the AWIA 2020 offers conditional funding amounting to $7.5 billion, which would be used over three years for the EPA’s Clean Water State Revolving Funds (SRFs) and $2.5 billion for drinking water SRFs. However, because the funding is conditional, budgetary scoring could require offsetting revenue increases.

The draft of the Drinking Water Infrastructure Act would use the remaining $2.5 billion to reauthorize the Safe Drinking Water Act emergency fund and would authorize $300 million in grants to help with cancer-linked chemical contaminations.

   

Tagged categories: Environmental Protection Agency (EPA); EPA; Funding; Grants; Infrastructure; NA; North America; Program/Project Management; Project Management; Stormwater; Upcoming projects; Wastewater Plants

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