Spokane Valley eyes federal and state grants for water projects | Washington

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(The Center Square) — The City of Spokane Valley is preparing a slate of projects to improve water quality for residents that could be funded by millions through state and federal grant and loan programs.

The Washington Department of Ecology has issued a call for projects for fiscal year 2024. The agency will evaluate submitted applications and separate them into respective funding pots, according to Adam Jackson, the city’s principal engineer.

He told the city council on Tuesday that applications were due Oct. 12 and secured agreement to compile information on how the potential funding will be used.

Jackson said the following funding pots are available: a clean water revolving loan fund of approximately $250 million; the Stormwater Financial Assistance Program provides $35 million; there is $20 million for state grants; $1.7 million for federal grants; and an additional $11.4 million in federal funds available for sewer overflow and stormwater reuse grants.

Local projects eligible for a share of this funding include citywide dry well renovations/upgrades and improvements to the Sprague Avenue stormwater system, Jackson said.

He said the DOE will release a draft funding list in January and award those funds next July. Work is due to begin on some projects no later than April 2024.

The city will have to offer a 15% local match for the Stormwater Relief Grants, the fundraising pot frequently sought by the city. Other programs require matches of up to 40%, Jackson said.

He said awards in the past have typically ranged from $100,000 to $400,000, but some agencies have received $1 million to $3 million.

Jackson told council when he was given the go-ahead to prepare a request, that he will analyze the numbers and provide council with information, including where matching funds can be found in the budget, for consideration later this this month.

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