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EPA grants will help pay for rural sewage and stormwater upgrades

The Environmental Protection Agency is releasing roughly a quarter million dollars in grant funding to help small, rural communities in Montana pay for upgrades to their water systems.

The agency says the program is intended to strengthen sewage and stormwater collections against intense rainfall events. Heavy rainfall can overwhelm stormwater and sewage treatment facilities and pollute local water supplies.

Historic flooding on the Yellowstone river in 2022 wiped out a sewage line near Gardiner, requiring the town to order a water boil advisory for several days. Scientists say heavy rainfall events are projected to become more frequent as a result of climate change.

The EPA says amendments in the 2021 federal Bipartisan Infrastructure Law removed cost-share requirements on the grants, making them more accessible to rural, and financially distressed communities.

John joined the Montana Public Radio team in August 2022. Born and raised in Helena, he graduated from the University of Montana’s School of Media Arts and created the Montana history podcast Land Grab. John can be contacted at
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