Governor Daugaard Announces $5.246 Million in Environmental Projects

Governor Dennis Daugaard says the state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved $5.246 million in wastewater and recycling projects.

The $5,246,000 total includes $800,000 in grant assistance and $4,446,000 in low-interest loans, with $558,000 in principal forgiveness.

The funds will be 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 awards will result in improved water and wastewater distribution and treatment enhanced protection of the environment."

Funds were awarded to:

  • Powder House Pass Community Improvement District, $2.06 million loan for wastewater collection and treatment.
  • Balcon Enterprises, Inc., $954,000 loan for cardboard recycling facility expansion.
  • Colton, $2,232,000 in grant and loan amendments for First and Main Street project, which includes an additional $589,000 loan and $800,000 grant for sanitary sewer replacement, as well as $843,000 loan with $558,000 in principal forgiveness for drinking water main replacement.

The grants and loans were awareded 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 Legislature annually appropriates dedicated water and waste water funding for the Consolidated and Solid Waste programs through the Governor's Omnibus Water Funding Bill.

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. Principal forgiveness is a subsidy option that results in a reduced loan repayment amount for the borrower. 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 non-point source projects.

The Solid Waste Management Program provides grants and loans for solid waste disposal, recycling and waste tire projects.

 
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