State Rep. Al Pscholka today announced Benton Harbor and Stevensville will receive over a combined $2 million to help improve and maintain local stormwater and wastewater management infrastructure.
The funds were made available through Michigan’s Stormwater, Asset Management, and Wastewater which is the product of legislation originally sponsored by Pscholka. In 2012 he introduced, House Bill 5673 as part of a package making $654 million in bond funding available for a grant and revolving loan program for local governments. The funds were approved by voters in 2002, but were mired in state bureaucracy.
“These awards are going to help Benton Harbor and Stevensville keep their stormwater and wastewater systems operating at safe and optimal levels,” said Pscholka, R-Stevensville. “Michigan residents deserve a government that works for them, one that ensures funding is available for the services and infrastructure creating a high quality of life for local communities. These awards will provide genuine improvements and upkeep for vital maintenance for Benton Harbor and Stevensville.”
The program provides grant assistance for asset management plans for wastewater and stormwater, stormwater management planning, stormwater and wastewater project planning and design, and testing and demonstration of innovative technology.
Benton Harbor received $1,999,281 in funding, while the Village of Stevensville received $226,040.
Loans will assist with the construction of projects from approved asset management plans. Grants will be awarded for up to $2 million per community. A 10 percent local match is required for the first $1 million in project costs, and a 25 percent local match is required thereafter. Communities qualifying for “disadvantaged” status receive a 100 percent grant.
For more information on SAW grants/loans, visit the DEQ’s SAW Program highlight page at: http://www.michigan.gov/deq/0,4561,7-135-3307_3515_4143-294952–,00.html