Financial assistance for septic system repairs and pump-outs is available to residents in certain areas of Bradley County through a grant held by the Southeast Tennessee Resource Conservation and Development Council. Currently, residences that may be eligible include those on lands that drain into Ball Play, Coahulla, and Mill creeks.
Funding for septic system repairs can cover between 25 percent and 50 percent of repair costs, based on the severity of the problem and proximity to the creek.
Residents may also receive up to 50 percent of the cost to pump out a septic system. Participation is voluntary, but encouraged. All repairs will be implemented with consideration for private property rights.
Additionally, agricultural landowners wanting to implement best management practices to improve water quality are also eligible for assistance. Examples of BMPs include alternative watering systems to provide clean water for livestock, cross-fencing to establish rotational grazing practices, heavy-use area protection for feeding areas, and stream crossings or travel lanes for livestock.
These BMPs have been found to improve local and regional water quality by reducing erosion, improving grazing efficiency, and conserving water.
Funding is provided by a Clean Water Act grant from the Tennessee Department of Agriculture and administered by the 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.
The Natural Resources Conservation Service will assist with agricultural projects. These projects are funded, in part, under an agreement with the Tennessee Department of Agriculture, Nonpoint Source Program and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, Assistance Agreement No. C9994674-11-0.
For more information about this grant or to see if you are eligible contact Joe Simpson, Watershed project coordinator, Southeast Tennessee Resource Conservation and Development Council, at 423-718-9445 or email jsimpson.setnrcd @gmail.com.