Gov. Noem Announces nearly $23.4 Million for Statewide Environmental Projects

Gov. Kristi Noem announced the state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved nearly $23.4 million for drinking water, wastewater, recycling, and solid waste projects.

The $23,370,200 total includes $507,200 in grants and $22,863,000 in low-interest loans.

The grants and loans awarded by the board are administered through the Department of Environment and Natural Resources (DENR).

“I am pleased to announce that this financial assistance is available,” said Gov. Noem. “These grant and loan awards will result in upgraded wastewater and drinking water systems, increased recycling opportunities, and enhanced protection of the environment.”

Loans were awarded to:

  • Mitchell, $1,663,000 for wastewater lift station and nonpoint source improvements
  • Tea, $2,700,000 for water tower construction
  • Sioux Falls, $18,500,000 for wastewater treatment system improvements

Grants were awarded to:

  • Gregory, $7,200 to purchase a recycling trailer
  • South Eastern Council of Governments, $500,000 to recapitalize the South Eastern Development Foundation’s Economic Development Revolving Loan Fund

The grants and loans were awarded from DENR’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program, Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Program, and Solid Waste Management Program.

The State of South Dakota and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency fund the Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Program, which provides low-interest loans for public drinking water system projects. The State of South Dakota and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency fund the Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program, which provides low-interest loans for wastewater, storm water, water conservation, and nonpoint source projects.

The Solid Waste Management Program provides grants and loans for solid waste disposal, recycling, and waste tire projects. The Legislature annually appropriates dedicated water and waste funding for the Consolidated and Solid Waste programs through the Governor’s Omnibus Water Funding Bill.

The board met today via remote video connection.

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