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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Date: February 19, 2015
Contact: Stella Vakarcs, Senior Program Manager, Kitsap County Sewer Utility
svakarcs@co.kitsap.wa.us or 360.337.5777
No: 2015-015

County awarded Water Quality Improvement Grants and low interest loans

(Port Orchard, WA) - Kitsap County Public Works, Sewer Utility received full funding totaling $8.8 million for two sewer improvement projects in Manchester:

  • Yukon Harbor Collection System Local Improvement District

  • Manchester Shoreline Sewer Facility Rehabilitation

Both projects help protect water quality and safeguard existing shellfish protection areas located in the Yukon Harbor area.

County Commissioner Charlotte Garrido said "This is a wonderful funding opportunity to put towards two significant projects for the Manchester community. Upgrading obsolete equipment protects water quality and the ability to eliminate old septic systems with new sewers goes a long way to improve the natural resource of Puget Sound. Kitsap County staff understands this need on local and regional levels and the Board of Commissioners commends their perseverance in seeking opportunities to make these projects happen."

The Washington State Department of Ecology’s (Ecology) Water Quality Program announced the availability of the State Fiscal Year 2016 (SFY16) Draft Funding Offer List. The Draft List describes how Ecology proposes to use state and federal dollars to fund projects focused on improving water quality across the state.

This year, Ecology received 227 applications requesting more than $352 million in financial assistance. Ecology is proposing grant and loan funding for 165 projects totaling approximately $229 million. The total includes $143 million in loans from the Washington State Water Pollution Control Revolving Fund and $21.4 million in grants from the Centennial Clean Water Program. The projects proposed for funding reflect the highest priority water quality projects across the state.

Learn more about these projects in the Manchester Facility Plan (http://www.kitsapgov.com/ww) or about the Department of Ecology Funding (http://www.ecy.wa.gov/programs/wq/funding/cycles/FY2016/index.html).

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Last Updated:  February 20, 2015