Several local projects are included in a revised list of water quality improvement projects seeking funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) – the so-called stimulus bill.
Chris Korelski, Director of the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency, said the U.S. EPA has approved the state’s plan detailing how ARRA funds would be used and how projects would be selected.
The Village of Elmore is in line for $60,000 in ARRA funds and $60,000 from the state’s Water Pollution Control Loan Fund for a sewer project along Jackson Street.
Buck Stoiber, village superintendent, said the project would give Jackson Street residents access to a storm sewer and stop inflows from field tiles into a sanitary sewer line. Future developments in a nearby field would also have access to the new storm sewer.
Village council has passed an ordinance to contract for the project’s design, he said.
In Gibsonburg, village officials are completing plans for a $1.8 million sewer separation project, said David Johnson, administrator.
The village is eligible for $905,000 in ARRA funding and $905,000 from the WPCLF.
Johnson said much of the funding will be used to address overflow problems at a holding pond and the balance will used to separate combined storm/sanitary sewers in the east side of the village.
The Village of Helena is eligible for $600,000 in ARRA funding and $200,000 from the WPCLF for a wastewater treatment system and the Village of Bradner is eligible for $117,429 in ARRA funding for solar powered water recirculators.
In Wood County, the Northwestern Water & Sewer District is eligible for $2.6 million in ARRA funding and $2.6 million from the WPCLF for a sanitary sewer system in the Stony Ridge/Lemoyne area.
The district is proposing to install 14,200 feet of sewer lines along U.S. 20; 2,580 feet along Stony Ridge Road; 2,150 along State Route 163; 1,400 feet along Railroad Street; 1,400 along Oak Street; 700 feet along Maple Street; 400 feet along Main Street; 7,150 feet along Lemoyne Road; 500 feet along Hickory Court; 700 feet along Five Point Road; 800 feet along Cherry Street, and 600 feet along Bean Street.
The Ohio EPA determined in the mid-1990s that septic systems in the Stony Ridge and Lemoyne areas were not meeting water quality standards and polluting Henry, Packer, and Two Root creeks as well as groundwater sources.
The Village of Pemberville is ready to start construction on a new wastewater treatment plant, said Mayor James Opelt.
The village qualifies for $1.25 million in ARRA funding and $1.25 million from the WPCLF. Mayor Opelt said the funding would cover the entire amount of the project.
According to the EPA, inclusion on the revised list doesn’t guarantee a particular project will be funded as the list will be subject to changes until all funding has been awarded.
Since 1989, the WPCLF has awarded more than $4 billion in low-cost financing for a variety of water quality improvement projects.