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Posted 2/26/2015

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Updated March 2018


Location/Description

The Section 569 program area includes the northeastern Minnesota counties of Aitkin, Beltrami, Carlton, Cass, Chisago, Cook, Crow Wing, Hubbard, Isanti, Itasca, Kanabec, Koochiching, Lake, Mille Lacs, Morrison, Pine, St. Louis and Wadena. Program responsibilities are shared between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul and Detroit districts.

Purpose

The Section 569 program authorizes aid from the Corps to the public entities in the 18-county northeastern Minnesota area for design and construction assistance for water-related environmental infrastructure and resource protection and development projects.  These projects include wastewater treatment and related facilities, water supply and related facilities, environmental restoration, and surface water resource protection and development.

Background

Since 2001, 73 projects have received support from the Section 569 program. An additional $11.42 million was received from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009, which allowed for 15 of those projects.

Status

The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2017 included $55 million for environmental infrastructure. The program received $1.6 million in fiscal year 2017 for the city of Pine City’s Sanitary Sewer and Water Systems Improvement Project.  A Project Partnership Agreement was executed with Pine City in September 2017.  

The cities of Isle, Rice Lake, Chisolm, Mountain Iron, Eveleth, Littlefork, Northome, Carlton, Twin Lakes, Sandstone and the town of White have requested support for their water and wastewater supply repair and improvement needs, totaling approximately $32 million in federal funds.

Authority

Section 569 of the Water Resources Development Act of 1999 authorizes the program. Congress authorized $54 million for the program.

Fiscal

Federal funding:

FY 2001 FY 2010                         $29.012 million
(ARRA funds FY 2009)                    $11.529 million
FY 2011 FY 2013                                              $0
FY 2014 – FY 2017                               $9.1 million
FY 2018                                                               $0

Total funds appropriated to date:  $38.11 million.

Environmental Infrastructure Section 569 St. Paul District U.S. Army Corps of Engineers