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Friday, June 10, 2005

IDAHO WATER PROJECTS RECEIVE SENATE SUPPORT

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate Appropriations Committee approved four water projects for Idaho during its consideration today of the Fiscal Year 2006 Interior and Related Agencies Appropriations bill. The projects, listed below, are all ongoing and are part of the Environmental Protection Agency’s budget:

  • City of Castleford Water Infrastructure Improvements ($400,000) – Provides continued federal support to bring the water system into compliance with new arsenic standards for drinking water. Because of the small size and low income of Castleford, the burden cannot be borne by the residents alone.
  • Valley County South Lake Wastewater Collection and Treatment Facility ($600,000) – Will construct a wastewater collection and treatment facility for the residents south of Lake Cascade, including the City of Cascade, the South Lake Recreational Water and Sewer District, and other subdivisions and areas lying south of Lake Cascade. The facility will clean up the lake, as well as provide economic stimulus to the area.
  • Rathdrum Prairie/Spokane Valley Aquifer Study ($500,000) – Completes the federal share of a water quantity study of the sole source aquifer for 400,000 people.
  • Auger Falls Wastewater Treatment Project ($500,000) – Begins construction on a natural treatment system for the City of Twin Falls wastewater. The 545-acre property known as Auger Falls will be the treatment site, resulting in additional wildlife upland, forest, and wetland habitats for wildlife, and reduce phosphorous discharges into the Snake River.

Senator Craig, a member of the Committee, praised the projects, “Each of these projects represents a fiscally responsible partnering between the federal government and Idahoans to deliver clean water to our residents and ensure it is clean when it returns to the environment.”

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