EPA Idaho Operations Director Werntz said, “The PISCES Award recognizes performance and innovation in using the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (SRF) program for building infrastructure for the benefit of public health and the environment. This award recognizes Nampa’s ongoing commitment and determination to fund and complete plant upgrades.”
The Clean Water State Revolving Fund’s Performance and Innovation in the SRF Creating Environmental Success (PISCES) 2018 program recognized five states as Exceptional Projects, ten as Honorable Mention and 15 as Recognized Projects. Nampa was recognized as an Honorable Mention and therefore one of the top 15 projects in the nation. Nampa was the only city recognized in Idaho.
Deputy Public Works Water Director Nate Runyan said, “We are honored to receive this prestigious award. This project wouldn’t have been possible without the EPA’s Clean Water State Revolving Fund Program.” This is third award Nampa has received in recent months. In April, Nampa was named “Project of the Year” by American Public Works Association (Rocky Mtn. Chapter) and “Best Water/Stormwater Project” by the American Council of Engineering Companies (Idaho Chapter).
Nampa received $17 million from the Clean Water State Revolving Fund (CWSRF) to help pay for upgrades related to Phase I of the project. Nampa was recognized for its commitment to address wastewater quality needs which align with required upgrades to discharged wastewater quality standards, as well as expansion to meet growing population needs. Nampa has also been awarded up to $165 million through the CWSRF to complete remaining improvements to meet regulatory requirements. The loan was approved by Nampa residents through a sewer revenue bond vote May of 2018.
Nampa Mayor Debbie Kling said, “We are thankful for the award and the recognition it provides to our employees who are working hard to meet environmental standards and provide a critical service to our community. We also greatly appreciate the partnership with Director Werntz in our local EPA office, the general support we receive from EPA regionally and the Idaho DEQ. Without such close, interagency collaboration, we could not accomplish our goals.”
The CWSRF is a federal EPA partnership providing communities a permanent, independent source of low-cost financing for a wide range of water quality infrastructure projects. Cities who put demonstrated determination, coordination and creativity to achieve their water quality goals are awarded the PISCES Award. For more information on the award, visit https://www.epa.gov/cwsrf/pisces.