Clean water infrastructure projects approved for Montana

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The US Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced $11.4 million (€10.5 million) to the state of Montana from President Biden’s Bipartisan Infrastructure through this year’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF).
The funding will support Montana communities in upgrading essential water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure that protects public health and treasured water bodies. Nearly half of this funding will be available as grants or principal forgiveness loans helping underserved communities across America invest in water infrastructure, while creating good-paying jobs.
“Clean rivers, lakes, and streams are vital to Montana’s people and economy,” said EPA Regional Administrator KC Becker. “These Bipartisan Infrastructure Law funds will complete much-needed water and wastewater projects and create jobs in communities across the state.”
“Montanans sent me to the United States Senate to cut costs and fight for working families,” said Senator Jon Tester. “Clean, reliable water infrastructure is critically important for small businesses and working families across our Treasure State. These resources from my Bipartisan Infrastructure Law will create good-paying Montana jobs, improve folks’ quality of life, and boost our local economies, especially in underserved areas.”
The announcement builds on previous funding provided for Montana communities for water and wastewater treatment through the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law, including $8.7 million (€8 million) for the CWSRF.
Projects already planned include places like Fort Smith, Montana, where Bipartisan Infrastructure Funds are contributing to a $7.5 million (€6.9 million) Wastewater System Improvement Project, including new collection systems, a central facultative lagoon away from the Bighorn River, and spray irrigation disposal.
These improvements are vital to a functioning sewage system for nearby communities, as well as the blue-ribbon, trout fishing industry on the Bighorn River.

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