Posted by Melissa Burlaga
SUPERIOR – Governor Jim Doyle announced Monday that nearly $6.8 million in funding for a clean water infrastructure project in Superior that will create up to 70 jobs.
The $6,796,242 investment is being used for sewerage and stormwater system upgrades.
Half of the funding is from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and the other half is from the State Clean Water Fund Program.
“We are continuing to invest in important wastewater projects made possible through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that will help stimulate local economies and benefit future generations,” Governor Doyle said. “With this funding, the City of Superior will be able to improve water quality, reduce the risk of overflows, and keep sediments out of our lakes and rivers. At the same time, the construction involved in these projects will create up to 70 jobs for hardworking families right here in Superior.”
Governor Doyle made the announcement at the City of Superior’s Environmental Services public works facility.
The project will help the City of Superior meet water quality standards, reduce the risk of sewer surcharges, and direct the water to detention basins before it is discharged – keeping sediments out of the St. Louis and Nemadji Rivers and Lake Superior.
Specifically, the project includes investments in the Billings Park Stormwater Basin and the South Superior Stormwater Interceptor.
Work on the project began in May and is expected to be completed by fall 2010.
Over the course of the project, dozens of jobs will be created for workers in construction and plumbing.
Statewide, over $200 million is being spent on water infrastructure projects – including over $100 in American Recovery and Reinvestment funds.
The funding is helping 34 communities make long-term improvements that create jobs for hardworking residents.
For a list of statewide water projects visit: http://www.wisgov.state.wi.us/docview.asp?docid=17248. In addition, Wisconsin is receiving $37 million in federal funding for drinking water infrastructure investments.