by Keli Ratcliffe

There are big changes coming in the DENR CDBG-I Infrastructure Grant Program in NC with a renewed emphasis on infrastructure such as water and sewer improvements in areas that are eligible and can qualify to meet the LMI designations of 51% or more.  Based on the 2011 Drinking Water Infrastructure Needs Survey and Assessment by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), North Carolina’s capital needs for water system infrastructure are more than $10 billion over the next 20 years , and the need for wastewater over the next 20 years is more than $6.6 billion based on the EPA’s Clean Watersheds Needs Survey 2008.  These grants can be used to fund projects to reduce water loss, reduce I&I, improve water supply, provide acceptable wastewater disposal, replace failing septic systems, alleviate groundwater contamination areas, address drought conditions, and other such needs. Workshops in three areas are to be announced for mid to late February. For more information contact John Akers, in our Greensboro Office, at akersj@andassoc.com.

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