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EPA Awards $477,000 for Davenport's Water Infrastructure

Release Date: 09/10/2008
Contact Information: Kris Lancaster, (913) 551-7557,

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(Kansas City, Kan., Sept. 10, 2008) - EPA has awarded $477,000 to the City of Davenport, Iowa, for the continued design and construction of the West Side Diversion Tunnel Project. The project will construct approximately three miles of new sanitary sewer on Davenport's west side.

This project will help to eliminate sanitary sewer overflows. During major storms, 60 homes in the immediate area have experienced sewer backup problems. Construction will start at the Iowa, Chicago & Eastern Railroad track between U.S. Highway 61 and the Mississippi River and terminate on the uplands along Duck Creek.

EPA Region 7 Administrator John Askew said, "EPA is proud to award the City of Davenport with these water infrastructure funds, which will help to prolong the life of existing systems. Water infrastructure is a lifeline for community health and prosperity."

This project will improve water quality in the Mississippi River and improve habitat for bald eagles, blue herons, migratory waterfowl and the endangered Higgins Eye clam.

EPA oversees the protection of water quality and public health and the Agency is working with community leaders and the public to meet the growing needs and demands of our limited water resources. EPA remains committed to developing innovative and sustainable solutions for managing and financing infrastructure with public and private partners.

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