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Enviro-Mich message from "Maggie Fields" <FIELDSM@michigan.gov>
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Below is the recent announcement on funding from the SRFs.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 22, 2007

Contact: Robert McCann
              (517) 241-7397

DEQ Announces Loan Commitments for Local Infrastructure Improvement Projects

Department of Environmental Quality Director Steven E. Chester today announced sixteen new loan commitments from the state?s revolving fund programs. The State Revolving Fund (SRF) and Strategic Water Quality Initiatives Fund (SWQIF) provide low-interest financing for local units of government to make needed improvements to wastewater collection and treatment facilities, while assistance from the Drinking Water Revolving Fund (DWRF) finances improvements to public drinking water systems.  The loans announced today total $74,170,000.

?We continue to make progress in protecting and enhancing Michigan?s irreplaceable water resources,? said Director Chester.  ?These funds stimulate needed infrastructure improvements and represent a real investment in Michigan?s environmental and economic future.?

The funded SRF/SWQIF projects include:

*  $26,000,000 to the city of Lansing for continuation of its long term sewer separation plan that will eventually eliminate overflows of combined sewage into the Grand River.

*  A loan of $3,040,000 to the city of Port Huron for an additional segment of its efforts to complete separation of its combined sewers.

*  $7,730,000 of assistance to Tuscola County to finance improvements to the village of Caro?s wastewater 
   collection and treatment system.

*  Financing of $17,010,000 to the city of Marquette for wastewater treatment plant improvements and 
   replacement of portions of its sewer system.

*  $3,040,000 to the city of Richmond to fund the construction of an equalization basin and the replacement of an interceptor sewer.

*  A loan of $1,400,000 to the village of Saranac for the upgrade of its wastewater treatment plant and the 
   rehabilitation of portions of its sewer system.

*  $965,000 to the city of Ann Arbor, the fourth in a series of loans, for continuation of its footing drain 
   disconnection program.  The program will accomplish the removal of groundwater from the city?s sanitary 
   sewer system and help prevent sanitary sewer overflows and basement back-ups.

These commitments bring SRF financing awarded to Michigan communities to date to over $2.4 billion.  These projects are further examples of the commitments being made by local units of government in Michigan to ensure protection of the state?s valuable water resources and the public health of its citizens.

The funded DWRF projects include:

*  $3,900,000 to the city of Mt. Clemens to be used for improvements to the city?s water treatment facility and distribution system.

*  A loan of $2,295,000 to the Ypsilanti Community Utilities Authority for the replacement of and looping of 
   watermains in Ypsilanti Township.  The city of Ypsilanti also received a loan of $375,000 for the 
   replacement of mains within the city.

*  $1,180,000 in assistance to the village of Pentwater for the installation of Arsenic removal facilities to meet 
   new federal drinking water standards, the replacement of watermains and the rehabilitation of an elevated 
   storage tank.

*  $935,000 to West Bloomfield Township in Oakland County for the first of a two phase project to upgrade its 
   drinking water distribution system.

*  A loan of $2,950,000 to the city of Escanaba for improvements to its water treatment and storage facilities.

*  $450,000 to Barry County to assist Yankee Springs Township with the installation of Arsenic removal 
   facilities.

*  Loan assistance of $950,000 to Watersmeet Township in Gogebic County for the construction of a new well 
   and storage tank.

*  $1,950,000 to the city of Port Huron for another segment of its long term watermain replacement program.

The improvements financed by these loans will help ensure compliance with the requirements of the Safe Drinking Water Act and protect the public health of system users.  Since the inception of Michigan?s DWRF program in 1998, over $430 million in assistance has been tendered.

Program interest rates remain well below open market rates, with fiscal year 2007 loans at 1.625 percent in the SRF/SWQIF and 2.125 percent in the DWRF.

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?Protecting Michigan?s Environment, Ensuring Michigan?s Future?

>>> "Eric Baerren" <ebaerren@gmail.com> 3/22/2007 10:16 PM >>>
Hi, the governor's executive order to cut the state budget whacked the water
pollution control and drinking water revolving fund to the tune of $1.6
million.

Does anyone know what services this fund provides, and what kind of impact
will this cut have?

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