Stimulus funds benefit East Bay water quality

Almost $18.3 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act economic stimulus money and state funds has been doled out to East Bay agencies for water quality improvement projects, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger touted today.

It’s part of $717 million in such funding for 160 projects statewide that the governor says will help stimulate the state’s economy by saving and creating jobs while protecting public health and the environment.

“My Administration awarded this funding in record time to boost our state’s economy and get Californians back to work. In fact, the State Water Board approved its first Recovery Act project the very same day it received funding from Washington,” he said in his news release.

The Delta Diablo Sanitation District gets $6,405,136 for its Antioch Recycled Water Project; Oakland gets $3.45 million for removal of stormwater pollutants at Lake Merritt and the Oakland Estuary, and $1.3 million more for a rainwater harvesting program; Piedmont gets $4,171,500 for a sewer rehabilitation project; and Alameda gets $750,000 for installation of mechanical trash racks at three stormwater pump stations.

And the Association of Bay Area Governments (ABAG) gets $1,801,010 to implement its “Taking Action for Clean Water” partnership to reduce sediment, PCBs and pesticides in local waterways, the Bay and the adjacent coastal ocean, as well as $392,000 for the El Cerrito Green Streets program.

Josh Richman

Josh Richman covers state and national politics for the Bay Area News Group. A New York City native, he earned a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Missouri and reported for the Express-Times of Easton, Pa. for five years before coming to the Oakland Tribune and ANG Newspapers in 1997. He is a frequent guest on KQED Channel 9’s “This Week in Northern California;” a proud father; an Eagle Scout; a somewhat skilled player of low-stakes poker; a rather good cook; a firm believer in the use of semicolons; and an unabashed political junkie who will never, EVER seek elected office.

  • One of the side issues here is that in the Congressional Race for District 10, the Republican Harmer is on record as having opposed the stimulus package from which all of the above report is covering. Another reason to remember to vote for the other side.

  • Elwood

    “Piedmont gets $4,171,500”

    Oh good, the poor bastards in that wretched poverty pocket sure can use the money.

    Thank God for the Obama stimulus!