EPA Recognizes ReHarvest Partners for Excellence and Innovation in Financing Projects to Improve Iowa Water Quality

Two rural Kansas water infrastructure projects have received honorable mention

LENEXA, CAN. (February 16, 2022) – Today, at a virtual roundtable with state and public officials, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) noted 49 water infrastructure projects for excellence and innovation under the State Clean Water Fund (SRF) and SRF drinking water programs.

ReHarvest Partners, a financial management group, has been recognized for excellence in innovation finance in Iowa. The town village Westmoreland, Kansasand Kansas County Wholesale Water Supply № 25 (serving Douglas, Franklin and Osage counties) both received honorary awards for recent water infrastructure projects.

“Through the partnership, EPA has helped states fund billions of dollars in water infrastructure investments over 30 years,” said EPA Assistant Administrator for Waters Radhika Fox. “Today we celebrate projects that inspire continued partnership and innovation in addressing the needs of clean water and drinking water infrastructure in communities across the country.”

“We applaud these water infrastructure projects for forward-thinking and collaborating in our Heartland communities,” said Meg McCallister, administrator of EPA Region 7 EPA. “We look forward to working with our state partners to ensure even more water upgrades in 2022 and beyond through investment in a bipartisan infrastructure law in our regional state revolving funds.”

Iowa ReHarvest Partners was recognized for excellence in innovation finance for his project ReHarvest Pay for Success. The ReHarvest Pay for Success project was made possible by an $ 7.5 million investment from the Iowa State Clean Water Fund. Alternatively, pay farmers for implementing conservation practices ReHarvest Partners pays Iowa farmers $ 20 to $ 40 per acre for the proven environmental results they produce. These results include nutrient uptake, which improves water quality.

The Westmoreland, Kansas, received an honorary award for the project to stabilize Rock Creek Stream Bank in 2019. After the spring floods caused erosion of the creek shores that threatened the city’s wastewater lagoon, Westmoreland worked with state and federal entities to stabilize the creek shore and prevent further erosion. These actions increased the integrity of urban wastewater and protected Rock Creek from future erosion and sediments that could affect water quality.

Kansas County Wholesale Water Supply № 25 (PWWSD) received an honorary award for the project of a new regional water supply system. PWWSD was established in 2006 when the two rural water counties of Kansas merged, and it includes Douglas, Franklin and Osage counties. In 2015, PWWSD identified current and long-term water supply problems. The project received $ 22.4 million from the Kansas Department of Health and Environmental Protection’s revolving credit fund for three well wells, a water softening treatment plant, power lines, a pumped-up station and a storage facility.

To see the full list of recognized projects and learn more, visit the page FISH and AQUARIUS program websites. Learn more about Pure water SRF and Drinking water SRF.

SRFs are partnerships of EPA states that provide communities with a constant independent source of low-cost funding for a wide range of water quality and drinking water infrastructure projects. Since its inception, SRFs EPA has provided more than $ 189 billion in financial assistance to nearly 43,000 water quality infrastructure projects and 16,300 drinking water projects nationwide.

In 2022, the EPA will allocate $ 7.4 billion to states, tribes and territories, with almost half of this funding being available in the form of grants or principal forgiveness loans that remove barriers to investment in basic water infrastructure in human settlements. which are not serviced in rural America and in cities. centers. The allocation for 2022 is the first of five years of nearly $ 44 billion in EPA SRF special funding that states will receive through Law on bipartisan infrastructure.

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