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.