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Public Comment Sought for RCC Water Project Grant Application

The Oregon Water Resources Department has invited public comment on applications received for the 2019 cycle of Water Project Grants and Loans, which includes a $1.5 million request from Rogue Community College to connect the Redwood Campus to the City of Grants Pass water system.

RCC is seeking the $1.5 million grant to support a $2 million project to construct a pump station on Canal Avenue and install 1,500 linear feet of pipe in order to connect the 84-acre campus to the city's water system. The college would provide the remaining $500,000 as matching funds.

The Oregon Water Resources Department is accepting written public comment on grant applications until 5 p.m. July 16, 2019. Comments should be submitted to: Grant Program Coordinator, 725 Summer Street NE, Suite A, Salem, OR 97301; or email to WRD_DL_waterprojects@oregon.gov. For questions, contact OWRD at 503-986-0869.

Located just outside Grants Pass city limits, RCC's heavily wooded Redwood Campus currently obtains water from three wells, a portion of which is stored in two towers for fire suppression. However, plans for a new science building prompted the need for additional water service to the campus.

The science building is planned as part of a $20 million bond project approved by voters in 2016. The bonds have funded construction of the new High Tech Center and upcoming Health Professions Center at the Table Rock Campus, as well as the RCC/FD3 Fire Science Center located at the Jackson County Fire District No. 3 headquarters in White City. The college is currently renovating the Deschutes (D) Building at the Redwood Campus to create a $2 million art instruction center set to open in September.

In planning for the future science building, the RCC Board of Education decided to pursue connecting to city water, a critical step in protecting the Redwood Campus from fire as well as initiating the process of being annexed into the city, which is needed to support further campus growth.

The college plans to connect to city water for domestic use as well as fire mitigation. The existing wells would continue to be used for irrigation.

To review the grant applications, or for more information about the Water Resources Development Program, visit oregon.gov/OWRD and click the link for Funding Opportunities.

 

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