STATEHOUSE (Feb. 6, 2020) — Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch and the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs (OCRA) recently announced the town of Andrews, in Huntington County, will receive $600,000 in grant funding to improve its local stormwater systems, said State Sen. Andy Zay (R-Huntington).
Andrews is one of six communities selected to receive a grant through the Stormwater Improvements Program and will be awarded the maximum grant amount, $600,000, to contribute to the $750,000 total cost of the project. The town of Andrews is required to match 10% of the total project cost, but has exceeded this expectation, contributing $150,000 to the stormwater improvement project.
Indiana is home to a vast, diverse aquatic ecosystem, including lakes, rivers, streams and wetlands. These water systems are easily overwhelmed following heavy rainfall, which creates negative impacts on communities that incur expensive clean-up costs, depressed property values and degraded water quality.
“I’m pleased to see the Andrews community take proactive steps to improve stormwater infrastructure in the area,” Zay said. “The OCRA grants allow rural communities to capture federal dollars and invest them in safeguarding the land where our homes are built and our crops are grown. I look forward to seeing the positive impact these funds will have in Senate District 17.”
The Stormwater Improvement Program strives to reduce flooding; cut stormwater treatment and energy costs; protect rivers, lakes and vital landscape; and generate jobs to spur economic revitalization. Types of activities that are eligible for this grant funding include stormwater improvements as well as demolition and/or clearance.
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