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$56.0 Million for Statewide Environmental Projects
South Dakota Ag Connection - 06/26/2020

Gov. Kristi Noem says the state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved more than $56.0 million for drinking water, storm water, and wastewater projects.

The $56,097,500 total includes $3,328,000 in grants and $52,769,500 in low-interest loans, with $5,885,000 in principal forgiveness.

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. Noem. "These grant and loan awards will result in upgraded storm water, wastewater and drinking water systems, and enhanced protection of the environment."

Loans were awarded to:

- Brandon, $5,687,000 for drinking water system improvements

- Burke, $540,000 for drinking water system improvements

- Deer Mountain Sanitary District, $2,174,000 for drinking water improvements

- Fort Pierre, $3,701,000 for wastewater system improvements

- Huron, $14,946,000 for wastewater system improvements

- Lake Norden, $671,000 for wastewater system improvements

- Pierre, $15,310,000 for wastewater system improvements

- Westport, $352,000 for drinking water system improvements

Loans with principal forgiveness were awarded to:

- Andover, $1,168,000 loan, with $1,068,000 in principal forgiveness, for storm water and wastewater system improvements

- Claremont, $625,000 loan, with $556,000 in principal forgiveness, for wastewater system improvements

- Delmont, $1,210,000 loan, with $1,210,000 in principal forgiveness, for wastewater system improvements

- Kingbrook Rural Water System -- Nunda Consolidation, $836,500 loan, with $747,000 in principal forgiveness, drinking water system improvements

- Kingbrook Rural Water System -- Oldham Consolidation, 400,000 loan, with $304,000 in principal forgiveness, for drinking water system improvements

- Springfield, $2,000,000 loan, with $2,000,000 in principal forgiveness, for drinking water system improvements

Grant and loan packages were awarded to:

- Aurora, $4,352,000 wastewater system improvements, which includes $2,350,000 in grants and a $2,002,000 loan

- Renner Sanitary District, $2,125,000 storm water wastewater system improvements, which includes $978,000 in grants and $1,147,000 in loans

The grants and loans were awarded from DENR's Consolidated Water Facilities Construction Program, Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Program, and Clean Water State Revolving Fund 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, water conservation, and nonpoint source projects. Principal forgiveness is a subsidy option that results in a reduced loan repayment amount for the borrower.

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