The Red River Regional Council (RRRC) awarded funding to three regional projects at its Board of Directors meeting on April 16 in Grafton. The awards are as follows:
- $13,185.84 of Red River Riparian Program funds to the City of Grafton as part of a debris removal project in the Park River within the city limits. This represents 60% of the total project cost of $21,976.40. Matching funds will be contributed by the City and the State Water Commission. This project will remove debris in a three mile stretch of the Park River including 30 debris items and 60 trees.
- $150,000 of Red River Riparian Program funds to the Walsh County Water Resource District to support a debris removal project in the Park River. These funds would be matched with $100,000 each from the district and the State Water Commission and will address debris removal from an estimated 47 miles. Project is currently under development.
- $9,000 of Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds was reallocated from the Cavalier Housing Rehabilitation Project to the Grafton Housing Rehabilitation Project to complete the Grafton project this spring/summer. The City of Grafton will also contribute $4,170 to complete the project.
The debris removal projects are designed to maintain navigable waters, stabilize at-risk banks, and minimize in-stream erosion caused by non-beneficial woody debris.
“Repetitive flooding within the region over the past decade has resulted in significant buildup of debris and garbage within the Park River,” said Dawn Keeley, Executive Director. “Assisting with debris removal such as this will improve water quality in this area and these are the first projects to receive funds through our Phase 5 of the riparian program.”
The 2015 to 2016 grants for the Pembina and Walsh County Historic Preservation Commissions have been approved in the amount of $11,198 per organization and will be matched with $10,028 each. These grants are funded by monies awarded to the ND Historic Preservation Program by the US National Park Services and reallocated by the State Historical Society. Funds were approved to support an administrative budget, logo and website development, and geocaching of historic sites and trails. The RRRC manages these organizations in partnership with the counties.
Denise Johnson, USDA Rural Development, provided an overview of the agency’s programs for community, business, and infrastructure projects to the Board of Directors.
The RRRC is anticipating its 2015 CDBG funding to total $192,325 which will be split evenly between public facilities and housing opportunity. Eligible projects for public facilities funding could include water and sewer, fire protection, ambulances, community centers, storm sewers, flood or drainage facilities, removal of architectural barriers and planning. Housing opportunity includes rehabilitation, repair, expansion, or similar activities to provide for affordable housing. The majority of CDBG funds are targeted to the benefit of low and moderate income households. The RRRC will accept pre-applications for its 2015 CDBG funding through July 15, 2015.
For more information, please contact the RRRC at 701-352-3550 or visit the website at www.redriverrc.com
. The RRRC is one of eight regional planning councils in North Dakota established in 1973 to enhance the ability of local governments to jointly plan, address issues, and seize opportunities that transcend individual boundaries. The RRRC serves Region IV which includes Grand Forks, Nelson, Pembina, and Walsh Counties.