Water Quality Projects in Iowa Receiving Help From State

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A total of 15 water quality improvement projects around the state of Iowa are getting additional help from the state.

Interest-free loans totaling more than $9 million were awarded to the following cities: Harris, Wahpeton, Osage, Aplington, Ryan, Dike, Little Sioux, Granger, Tama, Newhall, Spragueville, Winterset, Underwood, Blakesburg and Letts.

The money will pay for a variety of projects, including treatment plant improvements, storm runoff systems, and stream restoration efforts.

None of the projects are in the counties of Buena Vista, Calhoun or Sac. All three are being sued by Des Moines Waterworks, accusing their boards of supervisors of violating the Clean Water Act.

The lawsuit is scheduled to go before a federal judge in August of 2016.