Thursday, December 2, 2010
The city of Sunnyside has been awarded more than $110,000 to plan, design, maintain or build stormwater systems.
The funding from the Department of Ecology, said Sunnyside Public Works Director Jim Bridges, was set aside by the state legislature for communities needing to meet National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Systems phase two permit regulations.
A total of $23.4 million has been awarded to communities across the state.
Bridges said the city of Sunnyside did not need to apply for the grant. The funds are in place to reimburse the city for any expenditures related to the stormwater system the city is maintaining.
Although the city is investigating whether or not it has to continue to comply with the National Pollutant Discharge Elimination Systems permit (the city of Sunnyside treats all stormwater at its sewer treatment plant), the funding is available to offset costs to ratepayers.
Bridges said the city included the monies in its 2011-12 biennial budget. The city has access to the funds for training personnel, maintaining equipment or providing public education "...anything related to Sunnyside's stormwater system," he said.
Sunnyside was one of 116 municipalities awarded funding for phase one or two permits. Other cities in Yakima County to receive funding include Yakima, Union Gap and Selah.