Hubbard County, along with nine other counties, is applying for a brand-new federal grant from the EPA. The purpose of the Solid Waste Infrastructure for Recycling (SWIFR) grant is to improve local waste management and recycling systems. It’s funded through $275 million from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law through fiscal year 2026.

Hubbard County Solid Waste Administrator Josh Holte told Hubbard County commissioners on Tuesday that $40 million is currently available. “They’re anticipating awarding 25 grants across the country and at least one per EPA region.” Partnering counties are Beltrami, Cass, Clearwater, Hubbard, Mahnomen, Marshall, Norman, Polk and Red Lake. They are all currently participating in a regional construction and demolition landfill study.

Holte said that Stantec Consulting Services, Inc. of Fargo is completing the regional study. The consulting and engineering firm will be retained to complete the grant application. The county board approved a professional services agreement with Stantec, totaling $11,700, to prepare the application. Holte said the nine counties will equally split this cost.

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Author: Shannon Geisen, Park Rapids Enterprise
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