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Press Releases Water Infrastructure News, Meetings, Events and Training Sessions News Public Comment Period: State Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Plan to Administer American Rescue Plan Act’s State Fiscal Recovery Funding Comments accepted until January 12, 2022, 5:00 p.m. View the proposed plan: Proposed Plan to Administer American Rescue Plan Act's State Fiscal Recovery Funding Interested parties are invited to provide comments on the proposed plan by January 12, 2022 at 5:00 p.m. Comments can be submitted: by email to email@example.com with subject line Comments on Division of Water Infrastructure Proposed Plan for State Fiscal Recovery Funds by voicemail to 919-707-9187 by mail to: Cathy Akroyd Division of Water Infrastructure 1633 Mail Service Center Raleigh, NC 27699-1633 American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) project application training information/dates will be available here soon. (Application deadline: May 2, 2022) Next State Water Infrastructure Authority Meeting February 9, 2022 The State Water Infrastructure Authority will meet on Feb. 9, 2022 as follows: In person at: DEQ/Green Square, 217 W. Jones St., Raleigh 27603 (First Floor Training Room) Virtually, via WebEx: (WebEx instructions and meeting agenda will be available here before the meeting) Please note: it is possible that COVID restrictions could necessitate changing to a virtual-only meeting. Please check this location for updated information prior to the meeting date. Next Funding Round Spring 2022- Project Funding Application Deadline: May 2, 2022 (This includes the first awarding of funds from the American Rescue Plan Act / ARPA.) 2022 Meeting Dates: State Water Infrastructure Authority Feb. 9, 2022 March 9, 2022 April 13-14, 2022 July 13, 2022 Sept. 14-15, 2022 Oct. 12, 2022 Dec. 14, 2022 Most Recently Announced Funding Awards July 2021 Project Funding Awards Approved by the State Water Infrastructure Authority at its July 14 meetin Funding awards from all other funding rounds since the State Water Infrastructure Authority's initial funding round in 2014 are listed at: https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/water-infrastructure/state-water-inf…. Most recent press releases: State Seeks Public Comment on Proposed Plan to Administer American Rescue Plan Act’s State Fiscal Recovery Funding (Dec. 16, 2021) DEQ Accepting Public Comment on Draft Priority Rating System for Viable Utility Reserve-funded Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Projects (Oct. 11, 2021) National articles/news about the Division of Water Infrastructure: March 2021: Article from "Southern Cities" Magazine, a publication of the N. C. League of Municipalities: Utility Regionalization June 2020: From "Circle of Blue", a national water news service: North Carolina in early stages of financial review, sees potentially large number of distressed water systems October 2019: Read about small community sewer system finances and systems at risk in this story featured in the national water news service "Circle of Blue". (Includes quotes from NC Division of Water Infrastructure Director Kim Colson.) https://weserve-funded Drinking Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Projects: https://deq.nc.gov/news/press-releases/2021/10/11/deq-accepting-public-…ww.circleofblue.org/2019/world/leaky-sewers-plunge-small-north-carolina-towns-into-financial-crisis/?mc_cid=ae8a0e38b5&mc_eid=97d4d1113 June 2019: Read about the post-hurricane challenges facing small towns in NC in this story featured in "Circle of Blue". (Includes quotes from NC Division of Water Infrastructure Director Kim Colson.) Post-hurricane life for small town is difficult, with relentless challenges that try the patience, budgets and energy of town leaders and residents. A recent series of stories written by Brett Walton featured in the national water news service Circle of Blue captured post-hurricane life for the Town of Fair Bluff, one of the hardest hit by two recent hurricanes. The story on aging sewer systems features quotes from Division of Water infrastructure director Kim Colson. DWI has conducted a pilot study, featuring Fair Bluff, with implications for helping small towns statewide after severe storms and other challenges. Check out the story, which includes links to the series and a related photo gallery, here: Aging Sewer System Imperils North Carolina Town's Finances. December 2016: Water Finance and Management Journal: "The Managerial Maestro Behind North Carolina’s Innovative Water Financing Model" News about "North Carolina's Statewide Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Master Plan: The Road to Viability" November 2019: Article featured in the monthly magazine of the NC League of Municipalities, "Southern City", by Francine Durso and Kim Colson: "North Carolina's Statewide Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Master Plan: The Road to Viability" April 2019: Article featured in the the national Journal of the American Water Works Association by Francine Durso (Senior Project Manager), J. D. Solomon (former State Water Infrastructure Authority member), and Kim Colson (Director, Division of Water Infrastructure): "North Carolina's Bold Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Plan" Summer 2018: NC Rural Water Association's "The Tarheel Pipeline": (See pages 30 - 34, "North Carolina's Statewide Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Master Plan: The Road to Viability") Spring 2017: NC Currents [the official publication of the NC Section of the American Water Works Association (NC AWWA) and the NC Member Association of the Water Environment Federation (NCWEA)]: (See pages 34 - 37, Funding and the Value of Water- "NC's Statewide Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Master Plan") December 2016: Water Finance and Management Journal: "The Managerial Maestro Behind North Carolina’s Innovative Water Financing Model" Mailing List To automatically receive funding announcements via email along with other information on financial, administrative, and management issues concerning drinking water and wastewater utilities, consider joining the NC Water Listserv administered by the UNC Environmental Finance Center.