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Gov. Daugaard Announces Nearly Nearly $34 Million for Environmental Projects





For Immediate Release: Thursday, September 27, 2018

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

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

 

Gov. Daugaard Announces Nearly $34 Million for Environmental Projects

 

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard says the state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved nearly $34 million for water, wastewater and solid waste projects. The board met today in Pierre.

 

The $33,850,255 total includes $7,000 in grants and nearly $33.9 million in low-interest loans, with $951,255 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 upgraded drinking water systems, improved wastewater treatment, more recycling opportunities and enhanced protection of the environment.”

 

A grant was awarded to:

  • Burke, $7,000 grant to purchase a recycling collection trailer

 

Loans were awarded to:

  • Harrisburg, $24,487,000 loan to construct a wastewater treatment facility
  • Mitchell, $8,345,000 loan for the Sanborn Boulevard water system, storm water and sanitary sewer improvements and to install nonpoint best management practices in the Firesteel Creek watershed

 

Loans with principal forgiveness were awarded to:

  • Raymond, $1,011,225 loan, with $951,225 in principal forgiveness, for lift station and wastewater treatment facility improvements.

 

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, water conservation, 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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