Department of Ecology News Release - July 6, 2015

$227 million goes to work for Washington waters

OLYMPIA – Grants and loans worth $227 million just turned green, creating jobs and protecting waters across Washington state through 162 newly funded projects.

“This funding represents critical investments of state and federal resources in improving and protecting the quality of our state’s waters while also supporting the health and vitality of communities throughout the state. In many cases these projects would have been unaffordable for local jurisdictions, potentially leaving our waters at risk,” said Heather Bartlett, manager of Ecology’s Water Quality Program.

State financial managers calculate that 11 jobs in Washington are created for every $1 million spent on clean water infrastructure projects. Using this calculation, the funding will support more than 2,300 jobs, with one-third of them as construction jobs.

Highlights

Top projects

The full list of project descriptions and funding amounts can be found in Appendix 1 of the Fiscal Year 2016 Final Water Quality Funding Offer List and Intended Use Plan. Ecology’s website provides a map of funded projects and explains where the money comes from.

Next round of funding

Ecology again will accept applications for combined financial assistance for water quality projects beginning August 17 with applications due on October 16. Ecology will hold four regional funding workshops the last two weeks of August.

Jurisdictions eligible to receive funding include local governments, tribes, special purpose districts, conservation districts, and non-profits. This financial assistance comes from a mix of state and federal funds dedicated for water quality improvement and protection.

Visit Ecology’s water quality funding website to learn more.

Contacts:

Sandy Howard, communications manager, 360-407-6408, @ecologyWA