WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced $100,000 in new federal funds to support the Scott Street Phase 2 Sanitary Sewer Improvement project in Newton Township. The funds were awarded by the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) in order to extend sewer service to more residents and to stop failing septic systems from discharging into the Mahoning River Watershed. The project, led by the Ohio Environmental Protection Agency and Trumbull County, is expected to improve service for 112 households and one manufacturing facility.
“Ohio’s rural communities and small towns face a heavy burden when financing infrastructure projects,” Brown said. “This federal investment will lead to more reliable service for residents, more efficient operations for local businesses, and a cleaner Mahoning River. Projects like this help boost the economy and make the region more competitive.”
In addition to ARC’s $100,000 grant, state sources will provide an additional $710,000 to complete the project, and local sources will contribute $1,547,126.
ARC is a federal-state partnership focused on economic development in the 13 Appalachian states. The Commission is tasked with bringing Appalachia’s job opportunities and per capita income to parity with the nation and making the people of Appalachia more globally competitive. ARC is also focused on increasing the region’s economic competitiveness through strengthening the infrastructure and reducing Appalachia’s isolation through the development of the Appalachian Development Highway System.
Brown is working to help communities around Ohio struggling to afford costly but necessary renovations to sewer systems. This month, he introduced the Clean Water Affordability Act to help communities make renovations to outdated sewer systems causing toxic algal blooms, while improving water quality and keeping rates affordable for residents and small business.