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Gov. Daugaard Announces $5.36 Million for Environmental Projects





For Immediate Release: Thursday, Jan. 5, 2017

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Mike Perkovich, (605) 773-4216

FOR PROJECT DETAILS: Visit http://denr.sd.gov/bwnrapps.aspx

 

Gov. Daugaard Announces $5.36 Million for Environmental Projects

 

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard says the state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved $5.36 million for solid waste and water projects. The board met today over the Digital Dakota Network.

 

The $5,360,000 total includes $971,500 in grants and $4,388,500 in low-interest loans, with $80,000 in principal forgiveness.

 

The grants and loans awarded by the board are administered through the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

 

“I am pleased to announce that this financial assistance is available,” said Gov. Daugaard. “These grant and loan awards will result in better drinking water, improved wastewater treatment and enhanced protection of the environment.”

 

Grants were awarded to:

  • Huron, $21,000 grant for equipment purchase for loading recyclables
  • James River Water Development District, $275,000 grant for south central watershed restoration project

 

Loans were awarded to:

  • Belle Fourche, $2.39 million in loans for 8th Avenue utility improvements

 

Loans with principal forgiveness were awarded to:

  • Terry Trojan Water Project District, $812,000 loan for water system rehabilitation, with $80,000 in principal forgiveness

 

Grant and loan packages were awarded to:

  • Vermillion, $300,000 for landfill dozer purchase, which includes a $150,000 grant and $150,000 loan
  • Walworth County, $712,000 for landfill cell construction, which includes a $250,000 grant and $462,000 loan
  • Yankton, $850,000 for recycling and solid waste collection equipment, which includes a $275,500 grant and $574,500 loan

 

The grants and loans were awarded from DENR’s Consolidated Water Facilities Construction Program, Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Program, Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program and Solid Waste Management Program.

 

The Consolidated Water Facilities Construction Program, funded in part by revenues from the Petroleum Release Compensation Tank Inspection fee and the sale of lotto tickets, provides grants and loans for water, wastewater and watershed projects.

 

The State of South Dakota and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency fund the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Program, which provides low-interest loans for public drinking water system projects. The State of South Dakota and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency fund the Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program, which provides low-interest loans for wastewater, storm water and nonpoint source projects. Principal forgiveness is a subsidy option that results in a reduced loan repayment amount for the borrower.

 

The Solid Waste Management Program provides grants and loans for solid waste disposal, recycling and waste tire projects. The Legislature annually appropriates dedicated water and waste funding for the Consolidated and Solid Waste programs through the Governor’s Omnibus Water Funding Bill.

 

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