Where Will the Stimulus Funds Go in California?
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency manages more than $7 billion in projects and programs that will invest in environmental protection and provide long-term economic benefits to aide recovery efforts across the nation.
More than $517 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds have been obligated to California, including:
- $2.8 million to the California State Water Resources Control Board for water quality management planning
- $280 million to the Board's Clean Water State Revolving Fund program for water quality protection projects.
- $159 million to the California Department of Public Health's Drinking Water State Revolving Fund program, which will provide low-interest loans for drinking water systems to finance infrastructure improvements and ensuring safe drinking water.
- $8.5 million to seven tribes in California for upgrades to wastewater treatment, upgrades to sewer connections, and expansion of sewer lines.
- $1.73 million to the California Air Resources Board for clean diesel projects. Eligible projects include engine idling reduction and retrofit technologies, engine replacement, vehicle replacement, and clean diesel emerging technologies.
- $15,577,000 for the assessment and cleanup of underground storage tank petroleum leaks, which will be distributed through a cooperative agreement with the California State Water Resources Control Board.
- Over $25,403,971 will be used to replace, repower and retrofit engines in buses, heavy-duty trucks, locomotives, agricultural vehicles, construction vehicles, and cargo handling equipment in metropolitan Los Angeles, the Ports of Long Beach and Los Angeles, San Diego, San Joaquin Valley, and the Bay Area.
- $3.3 million from ARRA and $6.8 million from the EPA brownfields general program funding to help communities in California revitalize former industrial and commercial sites.
- $700,000, funded in part through the ARRA, to the Los Angeles Conservation Corps. The group will provide job training for 160 students to learn the latest environmental technologies and prepare them for "green" jobs.
- Over $10 million will be used to accelerate the clean-up at the Iron Mountain Mine Superfund site near Redding, Calif.