MDEQ awards nearly $97 million to 137 communities for sewer planning

EVART — Grant assistance funds will help the City of Evart plan for future sewer system maintenance needs from the Stormwater, Asset Management, and Wastewater program.

According to the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality, it awarded nearly $97 million to 137 municipalities to assist the development of asset management plans for wastewater and stormwater, stormwater management planning, stormwater and wastewater project planning and design, and testing and demonstration of innovative technology.

The City of Evart received $1,042,947 in grant assistance funds.

This is the fourth round of SAW grant awards and is further progress toward funding the complete list of 579 SAW grant applicants. This most recent achievement now brings the total number of SAW grant applicants to be awarded funding to 478 and the total dollar amount of SAW grant funding awarded to approximately $365 million.

Municipalities applied for SAW grants to the MDEQ in 2013 and approved applications were posted in their funding order per a lottery process in March 2014. No new SAW applications are being accepted by the MDEQ as the total dollar amount of the approved applications exceeds the $450 million available for the SAW program.

The Michigan Department of Treasury will issue general obligation debt to fund the SAW grants as authorized in the Great Lakes Water Quality Bond. The SAW program, signed into law in 2013 to support water pollution control efforts in Michigan in conjunction with the previously established State Revolving Fund and Strategic Water Quality Initiatives Fund loan programs.