Environmental Infrastructure Assistance: Section 569, Northeastern Minnesota

U. S. Army Corps of Engineers, St. Paul District
Published Feb. 26, 2015
Updated: March 17, 2022
Purpose

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.

Location

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 the Detroit District.

Status

St. Paul District has not yet received notice of fiscal year 2022 Appropriations Bill Section 569 project funding. 

The cities of Onamia, Cuyuna, Sandstone, East Gull Lake, Moose Lake, Harris, Rush City, Rutledge, Shafer and Bruno have requested support for their water and wastewater supply repair and improvement needs, totaling approximately $20 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.

Funding

The Section 569 program has received a total of $52,147,572.67 through fiscal year 2021; $1,852,427.33 remains on the authorization. Infrastructure assistance is provided on a 75% federal, 25% non-federal sponsor basis.