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EWEB offers grants to Holiday Farm Fire victims to replace septic systems

The remnants of a Blue River home after the Holiday Farm Fire, in Oct. 2020.
Brian Bull
The remnants of a Blue River home after the Holiday Farm Fire, in Oct. 2020.

McKenzie Valley residents who lost their septic systems to the 2020 Holiday Farm Fire can now get money to replace them.

EWEB says it’s secured $3 million to replace or fix fire damaged systems. Eligible homeowners can get up to $35,000 to help protect the local water supply.

One Blue River resident who’s applied is Melanie Stanley, who’s helping her niece replace a destroyed homestead.

“So it doesn’t make any sense to spend somewhere between $6,000-$8,000 to replace or repair a system we don’t know how old it is, when we could apply for this grant program and have a completely brand-new system that could last for another 35 or 40 years,” said Stanley.

With over 500 properties affected by the Holiday Farm Fire, EWEB, Lane County, and the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality hope residents take advantage of the grant program.

Information can be found on EWEB’s website.

Brian Bull is an assistant professor of journalism at the University of Oregon, and remains a contributor to the KLCC news department. He began working with KLCC in June 2016.   In his 27+ years as a public media journalist, he's worked at NPR, Twin Cities Public Television, South Dakota Public Broadcasting, Wisconsin Public Radio, and ideastream in Cleveland. His reporting has netted dozens of accolades, including four national Edward R. Murrow Awards (22 regional),  the Ohio Associated Press' Best Reporter Award, Best Radio Reporter from  the Native American Journalists Association, and the PRNDI/NEFE Award for Excellence in Consumer Finance Reporting.
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