Two weeks ago, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced its new $67-million Sewer Overflow and Stormwater Reuse Municipal Grant program (OSG), which aims to further public health and environmental protection by assisting states and cities with improving stormwater management and addressing sewer overflows, in an effort to reduce pollution that can flow into local waterways. This funding will go towards critical overflow and stormwater infrastructure projects in local communities.
Stormwater can be a significant source of water pollution that can adversely impact public health. Stormwater can collect pollutants – including trash, chemicals, oils, and dirt/sediment – conveying them to waterways close by. When mixed with wastewater in combined sewers, stormwater can also contribute to sewer overflows (CSO) during heavy rainstorms, which presents complex environmental challenges.
To help address these challenges, the EPA is making this grant funding available to states, U.S. territories, and the District of Columbia and funds will subsequently be allocated as sub-awards to municipalities for projects that advance infrastructure needs for CSOs, sanitary sewer overflows (SSO), and stormwater management. This $67 million water infrastructure investment will result in roughly 1,000 direct and indirect new jobs. For additional details, click here (or here).