The Section 569 program authorizes aid from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers 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.
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 District and Detroit District.
St. Paul District received $1.72 million in fiscal year 2020 to support the continuation of the City of Isle’s Water and Wastewater Systems Improvement Project, Phase 2.
The cities of Rice Lake, Willow River, Onamia, Cloquet, Two Harbors, Moose Lake, Harris, Rush City, Sandstone, Rutledge, Shafer, Bruno, Northome, Carlton, Twin Lakes and East Gull Lake have requested support for their water and wastewater supply repair and improvement needs, totaling approximately $40.5 million in federal funds.
Section 569 of the Water Resources Development Act of 1999 authorizes the program. Congress authorized $54 million for the program.
The program has received funds for the federal cost share as follows:
FY 2001 ‒ FY 2019 $44,054,000
FY 2020 $1,720,000
Total Funds Appropriated to Date $45,774,000