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Crook County receives $20,000 from DEQ to update its solid wast management plan

by: CENTRAL OREGONIAN FILE PHOTO - Crook County has received a $20,000 grant to help update its solid waste management plan.  Shown in the foreground is a newer shredder

The Oregon Department of Environmental Quality has awarded a $20,000 solid waste grant to Crook County so that the county can hire a consultant for updating its solid waste management plan.
   "The current plan, which was written in 1995, needs revamping to recognize impacts of the county's continuing population growth and changes in solid waste management opportunities," said Shari Harris-Dunning, who is with the Bend office of the department's solid waste program.
   Because of residential and industrial growth throughout the county in the past 10 years, Crook County faces increased waste and challenges in how to handle them.
   "It just saves the county some money is all," said Crook County Landfill Manager Alan Keller. "It's a mandatory thing that we have to do, so rather than the county having to pay for it, DEQ's going to have to pay for it."
   Harris-Dunning said that in recent years, the county has approved three destination resorts with a fourth one waiting for approval.
   "Two new housing subdivisions have been developed within the county and the City of Prineville has approved a new, 2,900-lot subdivision on the city's east side," she said. "In addition, two new industrial parks are being developed in Prineville and near the airport."
   She added that the existing plan was designed to accommodate the county's waste management needs through 2005.
   "The county will hire a consultant to assist it in updating the plan," Harris-Dunning said. "The consultant will work with the county's Solid Waste Advisory Committee and Recycle Committee, along with other interested partners representing the county's waste generation and disposal needs."
   When completed, the plan will be presented to the Crook County government for approval.
   "Crook County is matching the DEQ grant with $9,270 to fund the plan update," she noted.
   The grant is among 13 awarded this year by DEQ to help communities
   promote solid waste prevention and reduction measures and conduct household hazardous waste programs.
   In all, DEQ is awarding $370,402 in grants in 2008.
   "In most cases, grant recipients and/or their partners contribute some type of matching money, staff time or services," she continued. "The solid waste grants program, established by the Oregon Legislature, is funded through fees on solid waste disposal throughout the state."