Federal Funding of Water Infrastructure


The “shovel in the ground” deadline is a mere seven months away, but more and more ARRA-funded stimulus projects are digging in. Meanwhile, two major proposals related to stimulus funding are on the table. Find out what they are in the latest post on our Infrastructure Funding blog.

Not everyone is getting their slice of the stimulus pie, however. Under the state’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund, the DEP has been given tens of millions to provide low-interest loans for municipal water and waste water upgrades. The state program only had about $132 million to dole out, and the funding cap for each community was set at $10 million. Tampa officials asked for $156 million.

Researchers dipped nets into Lake Poinsett this week, scooping up spineless creatures that could have implications for Central Florida’s future water supply. The creatures hint at the potential impact of drawing too much drinking water from the St. Johns River.

And as Floridians, it makes sense that we would know all there is to know about water, right? Well if that’s not the case, help is just a click away. The Florida DEP has launched a new web site that focuses on just about every aspect of water.

Here are a few of the other stories making news across the state:

Rate increases have Marco looking to speed up sewer project”
More than $300 million could be coming for Indian River, Everglades
St. Johns director says he’ll welcome public input on permits
Crist appoints three to water board
Football rivalry could play factor in water wars

Plenty of news from around the world, updated twice daily.

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Editor, Florida Water News
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