June 19, 2019

HB 14-1002: Creating a Natural Disaster Grant Fund to Repair Water Infrastructure

On January 8, 2014, Rep. Dave Young and Sen. Matt Jones introduced HB 14-1002: Concerning the Establishment of a Grant Program Under the “Colorado Water Quality Control Act” to Repair Water Infrastructure Impacted by a Natural Disaster, and, in Connection Therewith, Making an AppropriationThis summary is published here courtesy of the Colorado Bar Association’s e-Legislative Report.

The bill creates a natural disaster grant fund and directs the division of administration in the department of public health and environment (division) to award grants from the fund to local governments, including local governments accepting grants on behalf of and in coordination with not-for-profit public water systems, under rules promulgated by the water quality control commission for the planning, design, construction, improvement, renovation, or reconstruction of domestic wastewater treatment works and public drinking water systems that have been impacted, damaged, or destroyed in connection with a natural disaster. The division may only award grants to be used in counties for which the governor has declared a disaster emergency by executive order or proclamation under section 24-33.5-704, C.R.S.

The division is required to award grants for the 2014–15 fiscal year and, as needed, for the 2015–16 fiscal year, to eligible local governments that have domestic wastewater treatment works, public drinking water systems, or on-site wastewater treatment systems impacted, damaged, or destroyed in connection with the flood of September 2013.

The bill appropriates $12,000,000 to the fund. On Sept. 1, 2015, the state treasurer is directed to transfer any unencumbered moneys remaining in the fund to the nutrients grant fund. The bill is assigned to the Agriculture, Livestock, & Natural Resources Committee.

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