Aug 20, 2009

Recovery Act Funding Awarded to Missouri, Arkansas, Guam and American Samoa

Funding will create jobs, improve infrastructure

The Missouri Department of Natural Resources was awarded $146,503,800 to help state and local governments finance improvements to water projects.

“This funding will go a long way toward fixing aging infrastructure in urban and rural communities in Missouri,” said William Rice, acting regional administrator. “Clean water is essential for both healthy communities and healthy local economies. These funds will help fix aging infrastructure and provide good-paying jobs.”

The Recovery Act funds will go to the state's Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund programs. The Clean Water State Revolving Fund program will receive $108,641,800. The Drinking Water State Revolving Fund program will receive $37,862,000.

Guam will receive $535,000 for the rehabilitation of portions of the Umatac-Merizo Wastewater Treatment Plant to include replacement of pumps, replacement of valves for the percolation transpiration fields, installation of new aerators and mixers for the treatment lagoon, and dredging of the treatment lagoon.

American Samoa
In an effort to improve water quality and create jobs, EPA has awarded $200,000 to American Samoa under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

"With this infusion of Recovery Act funding, American Samoa will have more resources for high priority projects and the promotion of water and energy efficiency projects," said Laura Yoshii, acting regional administrator for the EPA in the Pacific Southwest. "This funding will not only make it possible to focus on this critical work, it will also create and save American Samoa jobs."

The EPA has awarded more than $25 million to the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission. This new infusion of money provided by ARRA will help the state and local governments finance many overdue improvements to wastewater projects that are essential to protecting public health and the environment across the state.

“These Recovery Act dollars will help provide long-term economic and environmental benefits for Arkansas,” said EPA Acting Regional Administrator Lawrence E. Starfield. “By making an investment in these cost-effective and green projects, we are creating jobs today and assuring good water quality for this generation and the next.”