||Office of State Lands and Investments
Funding Wyoming Public Education
|122 West 25thStreet
Cheyenne, WY 82002
Phone: (307) 777-7331
Fax: (307) 777-5400
||Dave Freudenthal |
Date: November 20, 2009
Contact: Cathy R. Lujan, PIO, (307)777-8510
Office of State Lands and Investments
State Agencies are recipients of the National EPA Clean Water and Drinking Water State Revolving Fund Awards
Wyoming’s Office of State Lands and Investments (OSLI), the Wyoming Department of Environmental Quality (WDEQ) and the Wyoming Water Development Office (WWDO) recently received the 2009 Drinking Water State Revolving Fund (DWSRF) Award for Sustainable Public Health Protection and the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) Creating Environmental Success (PISCES) Award.
Debra Dickson, OSLI, Brian Mark, WDEQ and Wade Verplancke, WWDO represented their agencies at the 2009 State Revolving Fund Workshop held in Seattle, Washington in November. Wyoming’s team was honored for their collaborative work on efforts exceeding the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) requirements as well as their significant outreach efforts. The team was also recognized for addressing groundwater remediation issues through the leaking underground storage tank removal program.
The DWSRF Award for Sustainable Public Health Protection is intended to recognize state programs that uphold the purpose of the Safe Drinking Water Act by protecting drinking water in the most safe, effective and sustainable manner. Wyoming was acknowledged for setting goals for the State of Wyoming above what was required with ARRA. ARRA required 20% of the grant monies to be allocated towards green reserve projects. Wyoming set a goal of allocating 23% of its ARRA grant towards green projects. Wyoming has identified over $5 million in green reserve projects and projects exceeding the green requirement by 6%.
The CWSRF Creating Environmental Success (PISCES) Award is designed to recognize states that demonstrate success by optimizing the capacity of the program to best serve their state. OSLI and WDEQ have developed an innovative partnership with the state to address groundwater remediation issues through their leaking underground storage tank removal program.
“The cooperation that exists among the agencies along with their flexibility to continue accepting applications and projects to their fundable list were instrumental in being nominated for the award,” said Robert Tompkins, OSLI Grants and Loans Manager. “Their dedication and optimism has definitely been a key to their success.”
WDEQ takes cleanup and remediation actions to protect groundwater from leaking underground storage tank sites. This innovative approach not only protects Wyoming’s groundwater, but also allows Wyoming to fully make use of its federal appropriations and revolve the dollars so that local communities can pursue sewage projects with fewer federal strings and requirements. This is done to reduce the federal requirements on other (non-state) loan recipients. Wyoming’s CWSRF has also funded numerous water reuse projects and placed dozens of landfill projects on its Intended Use Plan.
For more information about the Clean Water and Drinking Water programs, please call Robert Tompkins at 307-777-6646 or Debby Dickson, OSLI at 307-777-6373.