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Sen. Briggs congratulates Farragut on receiving $1.7 million grant
October 29, 2022

NASHVILLE -- State Senator Richard Briggs (R-Knoxville) congratulated the town of Farragut for securing a $1.7 million grant to fund a variety of stormwater improvement projects. The funds are being distributed by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation from the state’s American Rescue Plan (ARP) fund.

“As our community grows, so do the demands on our infrastructure,” said Briggs. “This grant is an investment in the future of Farragut. It will help fund needed projects now as well ensure that Farragut’s infrastructure can support current and future growth. A solid storm and wastewater infrastructure is crucial for any thriving community, and I congratulate the town of Farragut for recognizing a need and completing a successful application for these funds.”

The town of Farragut specifically, is receiving this grant for different stormwater improvement projects. These projects directly support improvements to stormwater quality and drinking water conservation through best management practices and address multiple critical needs, including developing a Stormwater Infrastructure Plan.

This grant was one of 12 grants announced by TDEC this month totaling $34.5 million from the state’s ARP fund, part of which TDEC is administering in the form of water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure grants.

The grants announced in October follow the announcement of six grants totaling $37,910,909 from the ARP in August, bringing the total rewarded by TDEC thus far to $72.4 million.

Tennessee received $3.725 billion from the ARP, and the state’s Financial Stimulus Accountability Group dedicated $1.35 billion of those funds to TDEC to support water projects in communities throughout Tennessee. Of the $1.35 billion, approximately $1 billion was designated for non-competitive formula-based grants offered to counties and eligible cities. The remaining funds will go to state-initiated projects and competitive grants.

“These grants will address important water infrastructure needs across our state, especially in disadvantaged communities,” Gov. Bill Lee said. “We commend communities who have gone through the application process, and we look forward to the substantial improvements the grants will bring.”

“More than ever, infrastructure is critically important to our local communities,” said Lt. Gov. Randy McNally, R-Oak Ridge. “This money will allow cities and towns to address deficiencies and make improvements that will pay dividends not just in the present but in the years to come as well. I greatly appreciate the work of the governor and my colleagues on the Fiscal Accountability Group for their work in making sure these funds were spent appropriately and efficiently.”

“We are grateful to the local applicants, and we anticipate excellent results from these grants,” said TDEC Commissioner David Salyers. “This shows that Tennessee recognizes the need for improved water infrastructure and is committed to helping communities meet that need.”

TDEC is focusing the grants on the following goals:
• Protect and promote human health and safety and improve the quality of water by supporting water systems in non-compliance to work toward compliance with water quality requirements
• Improve the technical, managerial, and financial capabilities of small, disadvantaged, or underserved water infrastructure systems; and
• Address critical water infrastructure needs across the state

TDEC’s strategy for deployment of ARP funds is described in the Water Infrastructure Investment Plan. This plan was developed by TDEC based on input from leaders and experts from agencies internal and external to state government. The plan can be found at this link. Funds from the ARP must be obligated by Dec. 31, 2024 and expended by Dec. 31, 2026.


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