DALLAS, TX, July 27, 2012 -- The Environmental Protection Agency has awarded $11,419,000 to the Oklahoma Water Resources Board to support the Clean Water State Revolving Fund program. The funds will be used by the state of Oklahoma to provide loans and other types of financial assistance to local communities and intermunicipal and interstate agencies for wastewater improvements. The loans will be used to improve water quality in streams, lakes and rivers benefiting aquatic life, drinking water sources and eliminating diseases caused by raw sewage discharges.
The Clean Water State Revolving Fund program is authorized by the federal Clean Water Act to provide an innovative method of financing a range of environmental projects. Under the program, the EPA provides grants to all 50 states and Puerto Rico to capitalize state loan funds. The states, in turn, make loans to communities, individuals and others for high-priority water quality activities. As money is paid back into the revolving fund, new loans are made to other recipients to maintain water quality.
Additional Information on EPA grants is available at http://www.epa.gov/region6/gandf/index.htm
More about activities in EPA Region 6 is available at http://www.epa.gov/aboutepa/region6.html