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May 5, 2009

RE: GOVERNOR CORZINE ANNOUNCES LIST OF ENVIRONMENTAL PROJECTS ELIGIBLE FOR AMERICAN RECOVERY AND REINVESTMENT ACT FUNDING

Dear Mayor:

More than 400 New Jersey clean water and drinking water projects are eligible to receive $204 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds, Governor Corzine announced today, in Sayreville. Earlier this year, the Department of Environmental Protection solicited potential project proposals in anticipation funds would become available, resulting in a list of ranked, bid-ready projects.

Governor Corzine said. “The DEP’s quick action in identifying and ranking these  infrastructure improvement proposals from throughout the state has given New Jersey a tremendous advantage in preparing to put shovels in the ground to get projects underway and people back to work. This is a win for everyone, but more importantly, it’s the right thing to do for the communities and residents of New Jersey.”

Of the $204 million total in ARRA funding, $161 million will be available for clean water projects and $43 million for drinking water projects. The Environmental Protection Agency must review and approve each project.

The Department of Environmental Protection has prioritized clean water projects to eliminate sewer overflows, halt releases of raw sewage, preventing discharge into waterways, and improving water quality in polluted areas. Drinking water projects have been categorized to include compliance with public health, drinking water infrastructure plans, areas experiencing a high level of population growth, and areas of greatest financial need.

Under American Recovery and Reinvestment Act guidelines, 20 percent of the funds must be provided for green projects meaning green infrastructure, energy and/or water efficiency, and environmentally-innovative projects.

To view the complete project list, go to DEP's Web site under featured topics: www.state.nj.us/dep

Very truly yours,

 

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director


      

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