The Michigan Department of Environment, Great Lakes and Energy (EGLE) announced $10.8 million in MI Clean Water Plan grants to upgrade a wastewater plant, dispose of contaminated biosolids, and remove contaminated soils.
The MI Clean Water Plan grants, through EGLE’s Substantial Public Health Risk Project Program (SPHRPP) and Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) aim to help communities upgrade aging infrastructure to ensure clean water.
The Village of Beulah received $2 million for critical upgrades to the wastewater treatment plant, including a new headworks building, a new moving bed bioreactor system, tertiary filtering, a new center pivot spray irrigation system, and proper lagoon abandonment.
Marquette County (K.I. Sawyer Air Force Base) received $1,289,828 for purchase and installation of equipment that will support infrastructure to treat for eventual disposal of biosolids contaminated with per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS), which are currently stored on site. The work will help the Air Force base transition away from the land application of biosolids toward consolidating the biosolids and transporting them to a landfill for disposal.
Lastly, the City of Grand Rapids received $7.5 million for the remediation of contaminated soils at the Ash Lagoon, and reconfiguration of the wastewater treatment plant stormwater system to address first-flush contamination into the Grand River.