D.C. Gets $38.9 M in Stimulus for Water Projects

The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency awarded more than $38.9 million to improve aging water infrastructure in the District of Columbia.

This infusion of money provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 will help the District Department of the Environment, and DC Water and Sewer Authority finance water projects that are essential to protecting public health and the environment.

"This funding will support green infrastructure projects in the District of Columbia, serving to protect the environment, and creating job opportunities," said William C. Early, acting administrator for EPA’s mid-Atlantic region.

EPA awarded

  • $14,572,958 to the District Department of the Environment for sustainable clean water projects, and
  • $24,360,442 to the DC Water and Sewer Authority for projects to improve the District’s drinking water distribution system, and build sustainable infrastructure to control stormwater runoff.

“The District is extremely grateful for EPA’s generous support, and looks forward to putting these funds to good use by preserving and creating jobs in the city,” said District of Columbia Mayor Adrian M. Fenty. “These funds will go a long way to continue our efforts to make the nation’s capital a green city and national leader in sustainable development.”

Many of the clean water projects will aid in the restoration of the Chesapeake Bay and watershed by helping to reduce excess nutrients.

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