ARRA Information

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) or "the Stimulus Package" was recently made available to the State of Arkansas. The ARRA presents Arkansas with a remarkable opportunity to advance projects and initiatives that will promote jobs and future growth within our State. Governor Mike Beebe has emphasized a need for expediency and accountability of these funds.

As a recipient of stimulus funds, the Arkansas Natural Resources Commission (Commission) is committed to meet his standards while upholding the laws governing the allocation and use of said funds. The Governor has promised Arkansans that this process will be completely transparent, and the Commission will uphold that promise to the fullest. Arkansans should expect a timely and accurate accounting of every federal dollar received by our State.

The Commission will provide assistance to water, wastewater, and non-point source projects which will proceed quickly to construction, creating jobs and furthering the objectives of the Clean Water Act and Safe Drinking Water Act. Stimulus funds were made available to the Commission through existing funding branches of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

ARRA Section 1511 requires either the Governor, mayor, or other chief executive, as appropriate, to certify that the infrastructure investment has received the full review and vetting required by law and that the chief executive accepts responsibility that the infrastructure investment is an appropriate use of taxpayer dollars. In Arkansas, the Executive Director of the Commission has made that certification.

You can see a copy of the certification for the Central Arkansas Water and the Newport projects by clicking here.

You can see a copy of the certification for the Batesville, Buffalo Island Regional Water District, Cotton Plant, East Prairie County Water Association, Franklin Sebastian Public Water Authority, Glenwood, Hot Springs, Little Rock, Prairie Grove, Siloam Springs, Smackover and University of Arkansas Experiment Station projects by clicking here.

Stimulus Projects

The following is the list of projects that have been approved by the Commission that will be receiving stimulus funds. On February 4, 2010, the Commission approved the final ARRA funding amounts for each project and authorized the Executive Director to make any final adjustments in the funding amounts that may be necessary. The amounts listed below are as of February 17, 2010, the deadline imposed by ARRA for all projects receiving ARRA funds to be under contract. Click on the project name for more detailed information:

 

Clean Water Projects Amount Received
City of Batesville $10,000,000
Little Rock #10 - Presidential Park Wetlands $353,000
City of Newport $2,115,000
City of Prairie Grove $4,841,000
City of Siloam Springs $7,033,687
University of Arkansas Experiment Station $268,353
Total Clean Water $24,611,040
   
Drinking Water Projects Amount Received
Buffalo Island Regional Water District $5,800,000
Central Arkansas Water $3,885,000
City of Cotton Plant $1,900,000
East Prairie County Water Association $660,000
Franklin Sebastian Water Association $8,340,000
City of Glenwood $900,000
City of Hot Springs $3,000,000
Total Drinking Water $24,485,000


ARRA Guidance Information

The following documents are in Adobe PDF format, unless otherwise noted.

General

Buy American

Green Project Reserve

Reporting Requirements

Recovery Website Lnks

Project Certifications:

ARRA Certification of Funded Projects

If you have any questions please contact Grants Manager Dave Fenter phone: (501) 682-0543 or email: dave.fenter@arkansas.gov.

The Commission will continue to provide the public information concerning the use of ARRA funds and will provide updates to this website periodically. Please visit us again soon.