Stimulus funds speed up water projects

Posted: Monday, February 08, 2010

Juneau - Close teamwork between the Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation's Municipal Grants and Loans program and local communities has pumped around $40 million of federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds into Alaska's economy.

The stimulus funds went to 46 water and wastewater projects across the state and are now under contract ahead of the federal government's Feb. 17 deadline. Alaska is the first state in EPA's Region 10 to have all its stimulus funds committed ahead of the deadline.

"Many communities are struggling to begin or complete critical projects, especially in these difficult economic times. These stimulus funds are allowing communities to bolster infrastructure that ensures safe drinking water and proper sanitation for residents. They are also helping to create jobs," said DEC Commissioner Larry Hartig.

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