Governor Bullock today announced a $750,000 grant to Dawson County for the connection of the existing West Glendive wastewater district to the newly constructed City of Glendive wastewater treatment system – an investment that will boost Glendive’s economy and provide certainty for families and small businesses.
“This project represents the culmination of hard work, collaboration, and responsible investment in upgrading aging infrastructure in Glendive,” said Governor Bullock. “We will continue to find new innovative ways to address Montana’s critical infrastructure crisis using existing resources, and I look forward to working with the Legislature to live within our means and make such projects accessible to all Montana communities.”
In 2011, the City of Glendive received a $15,000 Treasure State Endowment Program (TSEP) grant from the Department of Commerce to conduct preliminary engineering of the city’s existing wastewater system and potential expansion to serve the rapidly growing population resulting from the increase in oil and gas development in the area. At the same time, the existing sewer system in the unincorporated West Glendive area across the Yellowstone River was experiencing instances of surfacing sewage and backups during high flow periods and storm events, discharge of poorly treated effluent and inability to meet permit limits. Dawson County received a 2011 TSEP grant of $15,000 to complete a study of its system, which recommended the County connect to the City’s new expanded system. The City and County signed a MOU agreeing to the connection and City taking on West Glendive between the two entities.
In December 2015, the City of Glendive completed construction of its new state-of-the-art mechanical wastewater treatment plant with UV disinfection. The project was completed with an investment of substantial state and local funds, including a TSEP grant of $750,000 from the Department of Commerce, a $100,000 grant from the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation’s Renewable Resource Grant and Loan Program and a local contribution of $1.3 million. In addition, the City borrowed $17.3 million in from the Department of Environmental Quality’s State Revolving Loan fund, taking advantage of Governor Bullock’s 2014 reduction in the revolving loan fund interest rate to 2.5%.
The Dawson County-West Glendive project is now ready to move forward, constructing a new force main between lift stations and connecting to the City’s new wastewater treatment plant. This project will be completed using a TSEP grant of $750,000 from the Department of Commerce, a $100,000 grant from the Department of Natural Resources and Conservation’s Renewable Resource Grant and Loan Program; and almost $3 million in reduced-rate interest loans from the Department of Environmental Quality’s State Revolving Loan fund.
The TSEP and RRGL programs are currently taking applications for 2019 biennium funding awards. For more information on these programs, visit http://comdev.mt.gov/Programs/TSEP or http://dnrc.mt.gov/divisions/cardd/resource-development/renewable-resource-grant-program.