Oregon recognized for Leadership in Recovery Act clean water projects
Letter from Chairman Oberstar commends state for putting federal stimulus dollars to work
Salem – Governor Ted Kulongoski announced today that Oregon ranks first of all states on the percentage of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) wastewater infrastructure funds put out to bid, under contract and under construction. As of March 31, 2010, 100 percent of Oregon’s funding available under the Clean Water State Revolving Fund program has been obligated for projects across the state.
“Being first is a great recognition of the hard working staff at the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality,” said Governor Ted Kulongoski. “These Recovery Act dollars are helping to improve Oregon’s water quality while creating jobs for Oregonians across the state.”
The Clean Water State Revolving Fund was established in 1987 and provides funding to Oregon to capitalize its revolving loan fund to finance infrastructure improvements for public wastewater treatment facilities and other water quality projects. The primary purposes of the Recovery Act are to preserve and create jobs and promote economic recovery through investment in projects that improve water quality and provide long-term economic benefits.
The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) applied for and was awarded nearly $44.3 million for clean water projects to create jobs and protect our communities and the environment through the Recovery Act. This funding has created or retained 274 jobs and supported 13 projects statewide.
“These infrastructure projects are of vital importance to communities throughout Oregon,” said DEQ Director Dick Pedersen. “The demand for these projects is so great from both a water-quality improvement and job creation standpoint. There’s so much work to be done, but we’re pleased these projects are addressing immediate problems while also putting people back to work.”
Project priority and selection are based on public health and environmental factors, as well as their ability to hit the ground running and be ready for construction. In addition, 20 percent of the funding is used for green projects, such as green infrastructure, energy or water efficiency, and environmentally innovative activities.
DEQ has awarded contracts to the following Recovery Act grant recipients throughout Oregon:
Clean Water SRF Loan Total Project Cost
Central Oregon Irrigation District $4,000,000 $13,942,473
City of Albany $4,000,000 $14,500,000
City of Astoria $4,000,000 $8,831,203
City of Millersburg $4,000,000 $14,500,000
City of Milwaukie $4,000,000 $4,511,617
City of Pendleton $4,000,000 $15,523,000
City of St. Helens $4,000,000 $9,980,000
City of Scappoose $705,660 $1,712,000
Clackamas County Service District #1 $4,000,000 $12,800,100
Farmers Irrigation District $4,000,000 $35,000,000
Metropolitan Waste Management Commission $4,000,000 $8,000,000
Swalley Irrigation District $3,100,000 $10,658,329
Three Sisters Irrigation District $465,340 $7,300,000
To read the letter from the Chairman of the House Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, click here.
For more information about Recovery Act projects administered through DEQ, click here.
To view the Oregon recovery website, go to: www.oregon.gov/recovery.
For the federal recovery website, go to: www.recovery.gov.
Anna Richter Taylor, 503-378-6169
Nicole Charlson (Recovery Act Team), 503-373-0289
Larry McAllister (DEQ Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program), 503-229-6412