$850K loan approved for Brookings drainage improvements

PIERRE – The state Board of Water and Natural Resources has approved an $850,000 loan from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program for Brookings to make stormwater drainage basin improvements, Gov. Kristi Noem announced Friday.

The loan will be administered through the Department of Environment and Natural Resources.

“I am pleased to announce that the City of Brookings will receive this assistance,” Noem said. “The funding will help the city replace aging infrastructure and improve stormwater drainage.”

The State Avenue Watershed Improvement Project will reduce localized flooding near Jefferson Avenue, State Avenue and Morningside Drive. The project includes storm sewer upgrades to meet the five-year flow capacity, new asphalt, curb and gutter, erosion control, seeding and other miscellaneous work.

The loan will cover the total cost of the project. Loan terms are 2.25 percent for 20 years for the Clean Water State Revolving Fund loan.

The State of South Dakota and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency fund the Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program, which provides low-interest loans for wastewater, storm water and nonpoint source projects.

The board met Friday over the Digital Dakota Network.