News Release 488

Gov. Nixon announces $4,250,000 in Recovery Act Funds awarded to Thayer for wastewater system improvements

Volume 37-488 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Renee Bungart

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, DEC., 15, 2009 -- Gov. Jay Nixon announces the Missouri Department of Natural Resources has awarded the city of Thayer in Oregon County with a $2,125,000 grant and a $2,125,000 loan for wastewater improvements. This project is being funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The Recovery Act provides significant funding to assist communities with infrastructure needs for water quality, wastewater and drinking water. A portion of the funding will be targeted toward green infrastructure, water and energy efficiency and environmentally innovative projects. This infusion of grant and loan funding will help the city protect its citizens and the environment by making necessary wastewater system improvements.

The city will use the grant and loan to construct wastewater treatment facility improvements and rehabilitate the wastewater collection system. The project is estimated to cost $4,250,000 and is expected to be completed in February 2011.

The Department of Natural Resources' Water Protection Program will administer the grant and loan funds. The department is committed to working closely with communities to assist with funding efforts that support water and wastewater infrastructure improvement projects as well as provide a financial savings.

For more information on the federal Recovery Act, visit For more information on Missouri's transform initiatives, visit For more information, contact the department's Water Protection Program, Financial Assistance Center, P.O. Box 176, Jefferson City, MO 65102-0176 or call 800-361-4827 or 573-751-1192 or visit the department's website at