Northeast Minnesota Water Projects Receive Recovery Funding

Thursday, April 30th, 2009 at 7:35 am

Washington DC  – A federal program that was created to fund water treatment projects in Northeast Minnesota has received $10 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.  Today, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers announced a list of projects that will receive recovery funding.

“This program helps communities maintain and upgrade their water and sewage systems without placing an undue tax burden on local citizens,” said Oberstar.  “All water flows down hill and downstream, and it is in everyone’s interest to ensure that communities have good wastewater treatment systems.”

In 1999, Oberstar added a provision to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Environmental Infrastructure Assistance Program (569 Program) to fund projects in Northeast Minnesota.  Since that time, the 569 Program has invested a total of $16 million in water projects in the 18 counties that comprise Minnesota’s 8th Congressional District.

“This infusion of stimulus funding is allowing the program to handle a backlog of projects that have needed funding.  These are all shovel-ready projects that will put Minnesotans to work in rural communities where unemployment is much higher than the state and national averages,” said Oberstar.

The following is a list of projects that will be funded by the Environmental Infrastructure Assistance Program in 2009.

Aroura, replace wastewater treatment plant secondary clarifier and screen building


Askov, relocate wastewater treatment plant


Backus, reduce nitrogen in ground water at wastewater treatment plant


Bois Forte Indian Reservation, expand Vermillion Wastewater Treatment Plant


Bovey, replace wastewater and storm water lines


Breitung Township, replace wastewater and storm water lines


Chisholm, replace wastewater and storm water lines


Coleraine, Bovey, Taconite, design for improved wastewater treatment system


Cook, replace 62-year old water tank


Duluth, lining for sanitary sewers


Duluth, East Sewer Overflow Storage Facility


Hackensack, upgrade water treatment to handle contaminated wells


Leech Lake Indian Reservation, water treatment facility and supply wells


Iron Junction, expand water/sewer system


Midway Township, replace leaking sanitary sewer system for 91 homes


Park Rapids, build new well house


Willow River, upgrade wastewater treatment plant


WLSSD, Gary pump replacement




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