TALLAHASSEE ? The Florida Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) announced
today that it has committed all $218.9 million in Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) and
Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) project money made available through the American
Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA).
Florida secured the ARRA money to help local governments across the state finance improvements to
wastewater, stormwater and drinking water facilities essential to protecting public health and the
environment. Florida was one of the first states to meet all the requirements necessary to obtain
the full amount of ARRA funds.
?Investing in our wastewater, stormwater and drinking water infrastructure is critical to water
quality and public health protection for our citizens. The stimulus money offered an important
supplement to our existing programs to fund infrastructure for local communities,? said DEP
Secretary Michael W. Sole. ?These projects have also boosted the local economy through job creation
and helped provide the communities with new sources of revenue.?
Twenty-eight projects have been awarded stimulus funds totaling more than $132 million through
the department?s CWSRF and another 40 projects have been awarded more than $86 million through the
DWSRF. All local construction contracts have been awarded and all projects have started
DEP received more than $850 million in requests for the $86.6 million of ARRA drinking water
project funds and more than $1.5 billion in requests competing for $132.3 million in ARRA wastewater
and stormwater funding. Qualifying projects were selected for ARRA funding, based on their
construction-readiness and environmental or public health priority.
The East County Water Control District (ECWCD) is a prime example of stimulus money at work. With
$2,418,819 awarded by DEP on June 26, 2009, ECWCD has completed construction of the Harns Marsh
Phase I Improvements and the Yellowtail Replacement Project?Florida?s first completed ARRA
projects. Working with DEP, ECWCD has been able to replace four structures and build one new
structure in order to reduce flooding to downstream neighbors on the Orange River, improve water
quality and storage; and recharge the groundwater aquifers.
The Harns Marsh Phase I Improvement Project and Yellowtail 1A Replacement Project created jobs
that otherwise might not have been available in a down economy. More than 40 jobs in construction,
engineering and project management put money in people?s pockets and into the businesses of local
?The support ECWCD has received from DEP enabled us to improve our services to local residents by
replacing and constructing much needed infrastructure,? said Dave Lindsay, ECWCD District Manager.
?The Harns Marsh Phase I and Yellowtail Replacement Projects have allowed us to recharge local
basins, alleviate flooding to our Orange River residents and prepare for water storage for the 2010
ECWCD preserves and protects water resources in Lehigh Acres (eastern Lee County) and western
Hendry County through drainage, conservation, mitigation, navigational and water management
practices. The District maintains 360 culvert crossing, 22 bridges, 66 water control structures and
maintains 1,298 preserve acres within 70,000 acres of land ? approximately 68,000 of which lie in
eastern Lee County.
DEP established its SRF programs, under agreements with the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency,
to provide low-interest financing to plan, design and build wastewater, stormwater and drinking
water systems. Funded by federal capitalization grants, state matching funds, loan repayments,
interest earnings, and periodic bond issues, SRF loans are offered at interest rates substantially
below current market rates and help make loans affordable.
Since 1999, Florida has invested more than $3.7 billion to upgrade and improve water and
wastewater facilities and clean up stormwater pollution, funding about 2,400 projects statewide.
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For a list of communities awarded drinking water and clean water ARRA funding, visit:
For more information about Florida?s use of the federal recovery dollars made available through
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