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Water District wraps up 2019

December 30, 2019
J.T. Whitehouse , The Town Crier

The ABC Water and Storm Water District held its final meeting for 2019 on Dec. 23. The Board passed some important items to bring in more funding for future projects in Boardman and Canfield.

ABC Water and Storm Water District is a joint effort between Austintown, Boardman, and Canfield. It was originally formed to prevent Youngstown from using water to gain annexation. Of the three, only Boardman and Canfield have initiated a tax based on water runoff from roofs and parking lots. That tax money is then used to find ways to reduce flooding.

At the Dec. 23 meeting, the first piece of legislation approved was the filing of an application to register with the Ohio USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) to become eligible for grants and low-interest loans.

"To be able to apply for those grants and loans, you have to be registered with the USDA," said ABC Board member and Canfield Township administrator Kieth Rogers. "There are other grants we can get to help with the loans."

Both Boardman and Canfield will be registering to gain access to the USDA funds.

The second issue regarding funding involved a government program that is under the 1972 Clean Water Act. Section 319 was established by a 1987 amendment to the Clean Water Act that has entities writing and submitting a report in order to qualify for some of the money. Under 319, states, territory and tribes can receive funds to support a wide arena of activities and assistance.

The paperwork that must be filed to be considered for 319 funds is titled a NPS-IS report. It stands for Non Point Source-Implementation Strategies.

"It is a government program that always has money left in the State of Ohio," Rogers said.

Boardman Administrator and ABC board member Jason Loree said, "Boardman will be the first in Mahoning County to form a NPS-IS report so we can go after the 319 funds."

He said there are five watersheds in the area and four of them have flooding problems.

"[The 319 funds] will help with stream clean ups," Rogers said. "When an embankment erodes, the dirt and vegetation goes into the creeks and streams, then can clog the inlets and outlets of a retention pond."

The 319 funds can be used to clean those streams and banks to ease flooding and have water moving correctly through detention and retention areas.

"You're both cleaning the water and slowing it down," Rogers said.

The next meeting of the ABC Water and Storm Water District will be towards the end of January 2020. It will be a new year that will see the district in a better situation to attract more grants.

"Everything we are trying to do is double or triple the dollars we are bringing in," Loree said. "We will always be looking for grants."



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