Funding for septic system repairs and septic tank pump-outs can cover between 50 percent and 60 percent of repair costs, depending on the severity of the problem and location.
Areas that are generally eligible include the lands that drain to Ball Play Creek, Coahulla Creek, and Mill Creek in southeastern Bradley County. The process is entirely voluntary from start to finish.
Agricultural projects where best management practices (BMPs) are implemented are also eligible for funding at 60 percent to 85 percent of total cost.
Examples of BMPs associated with agricultural projects include alternative watering systems to provide clean water for livestock, cross-fencing to establish rotational grazing practices, heavy use area protection for feeding and other areas that have become a mess, stream crossings, walkways, and travel lanes for livestock, and others depending upon specific needs. BMPs are designed to reduce erosion, improve grazing efficiency, and conserve water.
All projects funded by this grant are intended to improve water quality.
Funding is provided by a Clean Water Act grant from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and administered by Southeast Tennessee Resource Conservation and Development Council, a local, community-based nonprofit organization. Local contractors will provide septic system repairs with technical assistance provided by the Tennessee Division of Groundwater Protection, and the Natural Resource Conservation Service will assist with agricultural projects.
To see if you are eligible, call or e-mail Joe Simpson, Watershed Project coordinator, Southeast Tennessee Resource Conservation and Development Council, (423) 718-9445 or jsimpson.setnrcd@ gmail.com.