Title: Federal Wastewater Funding Dries Up
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Title: Federal Wastewater Funding Dries Up
Physical Description: Book
Language: English
Spatial Coverage: North America -- United States of America -- Florida
Abstract: Article Federal Wastewater Funding Dries Up
General Note: Box 7, Folder 4 ( Vail Conference 1989 - 1989 ), Item 36
Funding: Digitized by the Legal Technology Institute in the Levin College of Law at the University of Florida.
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Federal wastewater
funding dries up
F LORIDA'S LAST Federal grant
for construction of wastewater fa-
cilities has been awarded, ending
a 31-year-old program which, over the
years, has provided nearly $2 billion
for environmental protection and
cleanup in the state. The federal pro-
gram will be replaced by a new state
loan program,
A 5.7 million regional sludge facility
project in Hillsborough County was
certified by the Department of Envi-
ronmental Regulation as the final grant
under the federal wastewater construc-
tion grant program, begun in 1957 to
help local communities pay for needed
anti-pollution facilities.
The state has especially benefitted
from the grant program during the last
two years, despite the phase-down.
The DER was able to obtain, during
that period, $213 million in grant
funds for 75 wastewater projects
throughout Florida. More new con-
struction projects were funded during
the period than any other two-year per-
iod since the beginning of the grants

Projects under the program have in- i
clouded rehabilitation of small, as well
as old, sewer systems; construction of
regional treatment facilities; new col-
lection sewers; and, sophisticated wet-
lands and water reuse programs.
Some communities have made par-
ticular use of grant funds to implement
projects in the Southwest Florida
counties of Collier, Lee and Sarasota.
Other examples include grants to Ar-
cadia, Sarasota and Pahokee which al-
lowed them to comply with a federal
mandate to achieve water quality stan-
dards. Projects in Pahokee, South
Bay and Belle Glade will allow the
communities to stop discharging
wastewater to Lake Okeechobee.
Although the $2 billion in federal
grants have eased the strain on Flori-
da's water quality, the Department es-
timates $6 billion more is needed for
wastewater construction needs over
the next 20 years.
A new funding mechanism to assist
communities in meeting these needs
will replace the grant program-a state
revolving fund loan program. The De-
partment will us federal and state
matching funds for low-interest loans
to local governments for wastewater
facilities construction.
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