NDEQ Recovery Funds

This page was last updated on February 9, 2012

This area of the Nebraska Department of Environmental Quality’s web site provides information about NDEQ programs that received support from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. These were funds provided to Nebraska through the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and were distributed by the state to local efforts that protect the environment and stimulate the economy. This site focuses on environmental programs administered by NDEQ. For more information regarding other Nebraska programs that received ARRA funding, go to:


More information about Nebraska programs receiving Recovery Act funds can be found at:

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More information about the nationwide Recovery Act program can be found at:

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NDEQ Programs Receiving Recovery Act support

Five programs administered by NDEQ have been allocated Recovery Act funds by the U.S. EPA,. They are:
  • Clean Water State Revolving Fund -- $20 million in ARRA funds was allocated to Nebraska for wastewater treatment facility improvements. Nearly all funds have been expended for this portion of ARRA funding.
  • Drinking Water State Revolving Fund –- This program is administered jointly by NDEQ and the Nebraska Department of Health and Human Services – Health Division. $19.5 million in Recovery Act funds was allocated to Nebraska to support improvements in communities’ drinking water systems. Nearly all funds have been expended for this portion of ARRA funding.
  • Leaking Underground Storage Tank Program –- $2.3 million was allocated to Nebraska for the cleanup and investigation of leaking underground storage tanks. All funds have been expended for this portion of ARRA funding.
  • Diesel Emission Reduction Act –- $1.73 million was allocated to Nebraska for projects to reduce emissions from diesel engines. All funds have been expended for this portion of ARRA funding.
  • 604 (B) Water Quality Planning –- EPA has awarded NDEQ $202,500 for Water Quality Planning. NDEQ provided these funds to the Nebraska Department of Natural Resources to continue ground and surface water quality and quantity planning for the Platte River Conjunctive Management Project. The project helps to optimize activities to best protect water quality and quantity for all uses on the Platte River, including endangered species, irrigation, and public recreation and drinking water. All funds have been expended for this portion of ARRA funding. quantity for all uses on the Platte River, including endangered species, irrigation, and public recreation and drinking water.

In addition, EPA has allocated $25.3 million in Recovery Act Funds to the Omaha Lead Superfund site.
The funds will be used to significantly increase the pace of ongoing long-term soil cleanup and lead-based paint stabilization activities. Nebraska will contribute a 10% cost share to the federal funds provided. More information (links to EPA web site.) *

Awards Status as of December 31, 2011

Program
Amount Awarded
Funds Received
Number of Recipients
Expenditures as of December 31, 2011
Clean Water SRF
$20,045,000
April 10, 2009
16 projects
$20,038,029
Drinking Water SRF
$19,500,000
April 10, 2009
22 projects
$19,056,130
Leaking Underground Storage Tanks
$2,270,000
July 6, 2009
72 sites
$2,269,999
Closed
Diesel Emission Reduction Act
$1,730,000
April 10, 2009
60 recipients
$1,730,000
604B Water Quality Planning
$202,500
May 6, 2009
$202,470
Closed

Link to Related Documents – Section 1511 Certifications

EPA links:
For more information about the EPA Region VII (Nebraska, Kansas, Iowa and Missouri) programs related to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, go to: http://www.epa.gov/region07/eparecovery/index.htm *

For more information about the national EPA programs related to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, go to:
http://www.epa.gov/recovery/*

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