Thursday, July 10, 2008

State gives $800 million for flood and sewage related projects

As a part of Pennsylvania's 2008-2009 budget $800 million is being allocated to the Department of Environmental Protection for various flood control, sewage control and critical water infrastructure projects. $100 million is earmarked for flood control projects in flood prone areas of the state. Millvale's Girdy's run qualifies for that project because of the delayed drudging efforts. $665 million is being made available for certain storm water projects and water and waste water facilities. ALCOSAN's efforts to comply with a consent decree will be able to qualify for up to $20 million in a grant. The remaining $35 million will be for unsafe, high hazard dam projects. This money doubles what the DEP received last year, and all money available will be awarded as a grant.

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