EPA grant helps fund drainage infrastructure in growing city
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) recently awarded the city of Joshua, Texas, a one-time $675,083 Special Appropriation Act Program grant for drainage improvements for the growing city. The funds will help the city install drainage infrastructure to protect public health and support continued economic development.
Located on the Chisholm Trail Parkway, the city of Joshua is minutes from downtown Fort Worth, Texas. Joshua is home to approximately 7,000 residents. Development is picking up and the city is preparing for future growth.
“Improving the nation’s infrastructure is one of the highest priorities for President Trump’s Administration,” said EPA Administrator Scott Pruitt. “This grant is an example of EPA working with our state and local partners to protect the environment and public health while stimulating economic growth at the same time.”
The EPA grant helps fund the Village Creek Mountain Valley Drainage project to improve the city’s water infrastructure. It provides infrastructure support in rebuilding roads, drainage channels, and protection against erosion to help stabilize the banks along Village Creek as it takes water throughout the city. It allows the city to prepare for development and growth and it provides cleaner, safer water for communities downstream.
“This is one of the ways that smaller communities are able to leverage local funds to help projects that are usually cost prohibitive,” said Mike Peacock, assistant city manager for the City of Joshua. “The things we can do here with this grant will benefit our community and those downstream.”