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.
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.
Since 2001, 76 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.
The Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2019 included $77 million for environmental infrastructure. Of this amount, St. Paul District received $3.1 million in fiscal year 2019 for the City of Isle Water and Wastewater Systems Improvement Project. In fiscal year 2019 we plan to execute the Project Partnership Agreement with the city of Isle, Minnesota. Detroit District received $400,000 to support the town of White’s Inflow and Infiltration Remediation Project.
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 $37.5 million in federal funds.
Section 569 of the Water Resources Development Act of 1999 authorizes the program. Congress authorized $54 million for the program.
FY 2001 ‒ FY 2010 $29,012,000
ARRA funds FY 2009 $11,529,000
FY 2011 ‒ FY 2013 $0
FY 2014 – FY 2018 $11,400,000
FY 2019 $3,500,000
Total funds appropriated to date: $43,912,000