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Governor Doyle, Congressman Obey announce more than $103 million in Recovery Act Funds for water infrastructure projects

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by Casey Lake

(PRESS RELEASE)  --(MADISON) Governor Jim Doyle and Congressman Dave Obey today announced $103 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds for clean water infrastructure projects throughout the state. Statewide, about $206 million will be spent on water infrastructure projects. 

"I am happy to announce major investments in the wastewater system that will create local jobs and benefit local water infrastructure needs," Governor Doyle said. "These important water projects in Rhinelander and Superior, made possible through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will help revitalize local economies and benefit future generations. I thank Congressman Obey for his work to help secure these funds that will make lasting improvements to our state."

"Over much opposition, we included strong funding for projects like this because communities can't grow and they can't provide decent job opportunities without strong community infrastructure such as sewer and water," said Congressman Dave Obey. "I'm pleased that we are going to be able to help these communities and ease the squeeze on local property taxpayers at the same time."

Four projects in Rhinelander and Superior will receive nearly $40 million, half of which comes from the state Clean Water Revolving Loan Fund, to improve the area's water systems and create jobs for hardworking families.

The city of Rhinelander will receive $32,912,624, half in ARRA funded grants, for two wastewater projects. The funding will allow the City of Rhinelander to build a new wastewater facility at a new site, demolish the existing facility and construct three miles of sewers. Rhinelander's new wastewater treatment plant will feature energy efficient technologies and use biogas to help facility operations.

The city of Superior will receive $6,464,903 to construct two storm water sewer systems.

A full list of statewide water projects can be seen here: http://www.wisgov.state.wi.us/docview.asp?docid=17248.

Statewide, about $206 million will be spent on water infrastructure projects. Half will be funded through an ARRA grant. In total the U.S. EPA awarded $103 million in ARRA funds to the State of Wisconsin for such projects. The other half of the state funding for the project will be provided as a low interest loan from the state Clean Water Revolving Loan Fund.

Online Reporter:Casey Lake

 

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