Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Agencies push water project funding at Redding 'fair'

Today more than a half-dozen state and federal resource agencies made presentations to north state officials on how to get grants and loans for their needed local water projects.

Rural communities struggling with failing wells, poor water quality and other drought-related problems have lots of opportunities to fund new projects, agency representatives said during a meeting at the Redding Library.

The State Water Resources Control Board and six other state and federal agencies are urging local leaders to seek grants and loans for projects related to drinking water, wastewater, water quality, water supply, energy and water use efficiency and flood control.

About 40 mostly rural officials gathered in a library meeting room on July 26 to hear presentations from agencies including USDA Rural Development, which offers project funding for tiny communities that lack adequate water and wastewater services.

"It's very important" that small communities learn what funding is available so they can solve some of California's most pressing water needs, USDA community program specialist Dave Hartwell said in an interview. "What I find traveling around is people say, 'USDA? Why are you here?' This gives us an opportunity ... to get the word out about our programs."

In the photo, Weed city administrator Ron Stock and others listen to one of the presentations.

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