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PFA Awards $10 Million for Koochiching County Project

Island View Sanitary Sewer Project will protect waters of Voyageurs National Park

3/5/2018 3:56:54 PM

Shane Delaney, 651-259-7236
Shane.M.Delaney@state.mn.us

ST. PAUL –
The Minnesota Public Facilities Authority (PFA) awarded nearly $10 million in grants for a new sanitary sewer collection system in Koochiching County and to extend sewer service to residents and resorts in the area. The Minnesota Legislature approved special funding for the project in the 2014 and 2017 bonding bills.

The Island View Sanitary Sewer Project will help protect water quality in Voyageurs National Park. Officials said service will be extended to 162 residents and eight resorts along Highway 11 from Tilson's Creek to Sha Sha Point, east of International Falls in northern Minnesota.

“Voyageurs National Park is an iconic treasure for our state and nation. The park attracts 239,000 visitors annually and supports over 300 jobs,” said Governor Mark Dayton. “These grants will help protect water quality in Voyageurs and neighboring communities, ensuring we can all enjoy the park for decades to come.”

“Voyageurs National Park is a vulnerable ecosystem that has more than 84,000 acres of water and 134,000 acres of land,” said Shawntera Hardy, who chairs the PFA board and is commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. “This and related projects will preserve water quality in the wilderness area and prevent contamination from failing septic tanks.”

The total project cost is $19.5 million. In addition to receiving $9.8 million from the PFA, the project will be financed with $3.5 million in local debt issuance, a $1.8 million grant from the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, and a $4.4 million grant from the U.S. Army Corps. of Engineers.

The Minnesota Public Facilities Authority provides financing and technical assistance to help communities build and maintain infrastructure that protects public health and the environment and promotes economic growth. Since inception in 1987, the PFA has financed $4.5 billion in public infrastructure projects in communities throughout Minnesota. Read more at the PFA website.


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