KANSAS CITY, KS, Dec. 2, 2011 -- EPA has awarded $485,000 to the City of St. Joseph, Mo., for improvements to its combined sewer system. The sewer improvement project is expected to be completed by the summer of 2014.
EPA Region 7 Administrator Karl Brooks said, "The project will reduce pollution discharges to waters of Missouri and clean the water that sustains the future of St. Joseph. These water infrastructure funds will partially fund a construction project which is estimated to cost $16.2 million."
The purpose of the project is to construct the Whitehead Creek Stormwater Separation Project, which will remove stormwater runoff from the existing sewer system. The project will include 5,300 feet of pipe, 11 junction boxes and seven manholes. This will reduce combined sewer overflows and pollution discharges to the Missouri River.
EPA oversees the protection of water quality and public health. The Agency is working with community leaders and the public to meet the growing needs and demands of limited water resources. EPA remains committed to developing innovative and sustainable solutions for managing and financing infrastructure with public and private partners.