DENR issues news release on board’s decisions

This news release came today from the South Dakota Dept. of Environment and Natural Resources:

Gov. Daugaard Announces $10.758 Million for Environmental Projects

PIERRE, S.D. – Gov. Dennis Daugaard says the state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved $10.758 million for water, wastewater, solid waste and recycling projects. The board met today over the Digital Dakota Network.

The $10.758 million total includes $937,000 in grants and $9.821 million in low-interest loans.

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:

Brown County, $490,000 grant for landfill cell construction
James River Water Development District, $275,000 grant for south central watershed restoration project

Loans were awarded to:

Sioux Falls, $8.829 million loan that provides $8.4 million for Terry Avenue and 43rd Street storm water upgrades and $429,000 for nonpoint source improvements in the Big Sioux River basin
TC&G Water Association, Inc., $500,000 loan amendment for drinking water system improvements
Tyndall, $374,000 loan for Maple Street sanitary sewer replacement

Grant and loan packages were awarded to:

Vermillion, $20,000 for recycling collection trailer purchase, which includes a $10,000 grant and $10,000 loan
Watertown, $270,000 for landfill storm water improvements, which includes a $162,000 grant and $108,000 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.

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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