Ecology Awards Clean Water Grants For Area Projects

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OLYMPIA- Communities across the state seeking funding for important clean-water projects are about to get a significant boost from the Washington Department of Ecology.

In a press release yesterday, the Department of Ecology announced that it is awarding 220-million dollars in grants and loans to help pay for high-priority, clean-water projects. For an interactive map of funded projects around the state, click here.

The Chelan County PUD will receive just over $2-million for the Peshastin-Dryden wastewater improvement project. The Chelan County Public Works Department was awarded $200,000 for the Squilchuck Creek Basin Storm water retrofit.

The city of Wenatchee will receive $70,000 for the North Wenatchee Storm water removal and water quality improvements and another $10,000 for the Peachey Street Basin Water Quality retrofit.

“Local communities depend on these grants and loans to protect water quality and maintain vital wastewater infrastructure,” said Ecology Director Maia Bellon. “These projects, and the jobs they’ll create, really make a difference economically and environmentally.”

Other area projects that will receive DOE grants are the Okanogan Conservation District who will receive $250,000 and a sewer replacement project in Soap Lake will get $68,000.

Funding for these projects was able to move forward once the 2017-19 capital budget passed earlier this year.