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Stimulus funds for clean water (new law)

Published (4/10/2009)
By Sonja Hegman
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Some federal stimulus funds will be used for clean water and drinking water.

The new law, signed April 8 by Gov. Tim Pawlenty and effective the next day, amends current laws governing Public Facilities Authority loans from the Clean Water and the Drinking Water revolving funds.

The Clean Water Fund is expecting $82.56 million and the drinking water fund is expecting $24.57 million in funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

According to the law:

• 50 percent of the total funds must be provided as grants;

• a minimum of 20 percent of the total funds must be used for projects that address “green” infrastructure, energy and water efficiency improvements or other environmentally innovative activities;

• all projects must comply with the federal Davis-Bacon Act regarding prevailing wages and the Buy American Act;

• 50 percent of funds must be under contract for construction within 120 days, with all funds under contract within 12 months; and

• projects must be listed on either the Pollution Control Agency wastewater/stormwater or Department of Health drinking water project priority lists.


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