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$95,000 Still Available for Septic and Farm Repairs

Posted on Wednesday, August 26, 2015 at 10:49 am

Money for septic system repairs (up to 60 percent of cost) is available to residents in Tracy City through a grant held by the Southeast Tennessee Resource Conservation and Development Council.

It’s really about helping folks out,” says Simone Madsen, who works for the Council. “It’s a win-win. Some of these repairs and improvements can cost thousands of dollars. By helping landowners reduce the cost of septic repairs, we see real improvements in local water quality. It’s a completely voluntary program, and all repairs are done with consideration to private property rights. All you have to do is call and ask if you are eligible.”

moneyEligibility is based on proximity to Little Fiery Gizzard creek.

Additionally, agricultural landowners wanting to implement best management practices (BMPs) to improve water quality are also eligible for assistance (up to 85 percent of cost). “We’ve had good success on local farms,” says Madsen. “Several farmers have received new fencing, pipeline, and cattle waterers.” Other examples of BMPs include heavy-use area protection for feeding areas and stream crossings or travel lanes for livestock.

Funding is provided by a Clean Water Act grant from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and administered by the Southeast Tennessee Resource Conservation and Development Council, a local, community-based non-profit organization. These projects are funded, in part, under an agreement with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Nonpoint Source Program and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Assistance Agreement #C9994674-11-0.

For more information and to see if you are eligible please contact Robert Altonen at 423- 762-0152 or Simone Madsen at 423 -322-4405 or email smads.setnrcd@gmail.com.