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Clarksville, Mountain City to share in $37M in TDEC administered ARP funds


Clarksville and Mountain City are among the recipients of six grants totaling more than $37 million from the portion of American Rescue Plan (ARP) funds being administered by the Tennessee Department of Environment and Conservation (TDEC).

Tennessee received $3.725 billion from the ARP, and the state’s Financial Stimulus Accountability Group dedicated $1.35 billion of those funds to TDEC to support water, wastewater, and stormwater infrastructure projects in communities throughout Tennessee. Of the $1.35 billion, approximately $1 billion was designated for non-competitive formula-based grants offered to counties and eligible cities. These grants are currently open for application. The remaining $269 million will go to state-initiated projects and toward competitive grants.

Clarksville will receive $15,388,497 to further support the efforts to address issues in the city’s federal consent decree. Clarksville will couple its ARP money with existing funds to construct a thermal dryer as part of its current wastewater treatment plant. The dryer will convert biosolids to a pelletized product suitable for land application as a fertilizer.

Mountain City will receive $935,919 to execute a drinking water and a wastewater planning, design, and construction project. Mountain City will use the funds to modernize its existing wastewater treatment plant and execute a feasibility study focused on the possibility of installing a new drinking water well for more water supply capacity. Mountain City is also sharing in a collaborative grant being awarded to Johnson County.

Both Clarksville and Mountain City receive grants through the non-collaborative section of the program. Warren County received the only other non-collaborative grant and will receive $5,596,564 for three utility districts within the county.

Additionally, three collaborative grants ere also issued. Greene County and five utility districts will receive $7,693,909; Johnson County, three utility districts and Mountain City will share in $4,511,578; and Unicoi County and two utility systems will share in $3,789,925.