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ARPA Funding for Water/Wastewater Infrastructure - Shared screen with speaker view
Naomi Hodges (she/they)
Welcome everyone! Thank you for joining us. If you have questions throughout our presentations please put those in the Q&A section and we will address them during the Q&A portion of the event
Edward Gillim
Glad to be here
La'Meshia Whittington, NCBA
Glad to have you present Mr. Gillim!
Jovita Lee
Good Afternoon! Happy to be here today.
Naomi Hodges (she/they)
Happy to have you Jovita
Sherri White-Williamson, North Carolina Conservation Network
Please put any questions that you might have during this presentation in the chat. We will work to answer as many of those questions as possible.
Edward Gillim
I reside in the southern end of Sampson county and many need public water in a area that has overlooked for years. Many residents have financial issues and may not be able afford the possible hookup cost (500.00). Will it be available funding to assist or pay for this cost?
Naomi Hodges (she/they)
We'll send out Will's slides in a follow-up email to registrants so you'll have all this information plus the slides we may have missed
Deborah Jordan
How can a Town determine what their distressed level of eligibility for funds are? Eligibility grants?
Cameron Oglesby
Two questions (apologies if they’ve been addressed):1) This may not at all be related since we’re talking state level distribution of grants, but do you know if there is intent to prioritize EJ communities/communities of color in allocation of these funds? My concern arises in the Biden administrations announcement around not focusing on race in addressing EJ issues; could this announcement have any implication for how communities are prioritized?2) I wasn’t aware of the scale of the PFAS issue so thanks for sharing. Also curious if this funding has any implications for handling of hog operations in the state (with regard to wastewater runoff or groundwater contamination)?
La'Meshia Whittington, NCBA
Welcome Attorney Taylor!
La'Meshia Whittington, NCBA
As a reminder: we will address all questions during the Q&A portion of the event. Thank you for the great questions! Keep them coming.
Naomi Hodges (she/they)
Information on application information session (includes info for the Monday virtual session): https://drive.google.com/file/d/14kOJ79kiplyr56xBbBsOXy-amie7dY82/view?usp=sharing
Danielle Koonce
In terms of the application process, are individuals eligible to apply or do local governments within counties have to apply on behalf of their residents?
Shadi Eskaf
Division of Water Infrastructure website: https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/water-infrastructure Info about the ARPA funding and funding applications are on the page linked in the "I Need Funding" red box.
Naomi Hodges (she/they)
I need funding link: https://deq.nc.gov/about/divisions/water-infrastructure/i-need-funding
Edward Gillim
Thank you for this valuable information and this is a great meeting!!!
Naomi Hodges (she/they)
Thank you for joining! Please feel free to share this information and recording so we can keep informing people about this funding opportunity
Cameron Oglesby
Is it up to residents/local government to apply only, or will DEQ also be identifying communities in need and helping them apply or applying on their behalf? In the event some communities aren’t aware of this opportunity/aren’t able to attend these sessions?
Will Hendrick
DEQ's map of "Potentially Underserved Communities" (based on 2019 census block group data), and the metrics used to designate them as such, can be viewed here: https://ncdenr.maps.arcgis.com/home/item.html?id=13a1aace03134969b8181c1f9f026960
Deborah Jordan
As a newly elected official, I'm wondering how a private water association operate in a town vs the local government having their own system. will this prevent funding for this town to assist citizens with tapping into a water system or getting a system town operated?
Danielle Koonce
How is a system designated as a distressed system?
Shadi Eskaf
Naomi Hodges (she/they)
Thank you Shadi, Sherri, Will, Ms. Sanja, LA, and Trey!
Cameron Oglesby
Thank you!!