EPA grant to be used to improve water quality, infrastructure

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has awarded approximately $9.2 million to the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission for projects such as replacing sewer lines, improving wastewater treatment facilities and upgrading collection systems.

The grant is part of EPA’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund, a program that provides low-interest, flexible loans to municipalities and rural water districts.

For 25 years, the CWSRF has served as the nation’s largest source of water-quality financing, helping communities improve water quality, protect aquatic wildlife, protect and restore drinking water sources, and preserving waters for recreational use. In recent years, CWSRF programs have provided about $5 billion per year to fund projects for wastewater treatment, nonpoint source pollution control, and watershed and estuary management.

EPA is taking public comment on a rule to help protect the nation’s waters. For more information visit: www.epa.gov/uswaters.