News Release 070

Gov. Jay Nixon and DNR provided $259 million in Recovery Act and State Revolving Funds for wastewater and drinking improvements, meeting Feb. 17, 2010 deadline

Volume 38-070 (For Immediate Release)
Contact: Renee Bungart
573-751-4465

JEFFERSON CITY, MO, FEB. 17, 2010 -- One year after the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, or Recovery Act was signed into law, the Missouri Department of Natural Resources has committed $141 million in Recovery Act funding to 63 communities across the state.

The Recovery Act provided significant funding to assist communities with infrastructure needs for water quality, wastewater and drinking water. A portion of the funding was targeted toward green infrastructure, water and energy efficiency and environmentally innovative projects. Missouri has exceeded the federal requirement of using 20 percent of the Recovery Act funding on green infrastructure projects. The department has awarded approximately 37 percent of the Recovery Act funding for green infrastructure projects that will lead toward a sustainable economic recovery.

In addition to the Recovery Act funding, the Department of Natural Resources has contributed $118 million in State Revolving Loan funds to supplement the projects across the state. This infusion of grant and loan funding will help the following communities protect its citizens and the environment by making necessary wastewater and drinking water improvements.

Drinking Water -- ARRA Funds and Drinking Water State Revolving Funds

Clean Water projects -- ARRA funds and Clean Water State Revolving Funds

The Department of Natural Resources received the Recovery Act funding through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The department's 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.

Missouri also received $1,097,400 in Recovery Act funding for water quality planning and management projects under Section 604(b) Water Quality Management Planning grant. The funding will help DNR protect and improve water quality. The Recovery Act required each state to pass-through 40 percent of the funding to Regional Planning Organizations for planning projects. The department has not only committed these funds by the Feb. 17, 2010 deadline but has also allocated approximately 54 percent to the planning organizations. The department will use the remaining funds to conduct water quality monitoring studies.

For more information on the federal Recovery Act, visit recovery.gov. For more information on Missouri's transform initiatives, visit www.transform.mo.gov. 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 web site at dnr.mo.gov/env/wpp/srf.

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