Federal stimulus funds granted for local sewer projectsWritten by Duane Ramsey | | firstname.lastname@example.org
The Toledo Metropolitan Area Council of Governments (TMACOG) announced the Northwest Ohio region will receive federal stimulus funds for the construction and repair of local sewers and sewage facilities.
A total of $21 million was allocated for 26 separate sewer projects through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). With local matching funds, the total cost of the projects is estimated at $39.4 million, according to TMACOG.
“The federal funds fall far short of the needs of the region which are far greater than that,” said Kurt Erichsen, vice president of environmental planning for TMACOG.
The need for funding sewer project funding is apparent from the $474 million requested for 148 sanitary sewer projects in the TMACOG region. That amount exceeded the allocation of federal funds for the entire state of Ohio, Erichsen said. TMACOG’s planning program included the compilation of a needs list for capital improvement projects in the region. The needs list, including 227 sewer projects was adopted by its board of directors.
Many jurisdictions in Northwest Ohio are struggling with the high cost of sewer infrastructure and urgent need for updates, especially to correct combined sanitary and storm water systems, according to Erichsen.
TMACOG serves an administrative role for the region, working with state and federal agencies that allocate funding through the ARRA.
Lucas County was allocated $3.8 million in federal funds for five projects that will cost about $5.2 million. Of those funds, the City of Toledo was allocated nearly $2.5 million for two projects that will cost an estimated $3.3 million.
Wood County was allocated $13 million in federal funds for seven projects totaling an estimated $22.8 million.
The largest project is the installment of a new microfiltration system for the water treatment plant in the City of Bowling Green at a total cost of $7.8 million, including $3 million in federal funds and $4.8 million in local matching funds.
The solar-powered water recirculator in Bradner is an innovative project that will cost $117,429 covered completely by federal funds. Sewers will be provided for the villages of Stony Ridge and Lemoyne in Wood County, according to TMACOG.
Fulton County was allocated $4.5 million in federal funds for four projects totaling an estimated $6.9 million.
The $5.5 million drinking water and fire protection project for the Lyons and Metamora areas includes $3.1 million in federal funds and $2.4 million in local dollars.
Ottawa County will receive $4.2 million in federal funds for three projects that will cost an estimated $5.9 million. That amount includes the entire $1.3 million cost for expansion of the wastewater treatment plant for Put-in-Bay.
Sandusky County will receive $7 million in federal funds toward the $11.5 million cost of eight projects there.
TMACOG reviewing plan
TMACOG hosted a public meeting May 7 to review the 2010 update of the “208” Areawide Water Quality Management Plan originally adopted in 1976 and last updated in 2008.
The plan is in accordance with Section 208 of the Federal Water Pollution Control Act amendments of 1972 and Clean Water Act of 1977.
TMACOG is acting as the Areawide Water Quality Management Planning agency for Lucas, Ottawa, Sandusky and Wood counties in Ohio, and Bedford, Erie and Whiteford Townships of Monroe County in Michigan.
As the planning agency, TMACOG is responsible for updating the plan and is seeking input on the changes and updates to it by June 7, according to Erichsen.
TMACOG is scheduled to submit the 2010 updated plan to its Environmental Council on May 27 and to its executive committee and complete board of trustees on June 9.
The 2010 update of the Areawide Water Quality Management Plan can be reviewed at TMACOG offices in Toledo or under “environment” at www.tmacog.org.