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Spirit Lake Nation One of Five Pilot Projects for New Community Engineering Corps

CECThree professional engineering organizations are coming together to help communities that cannot afford to meet their basic infrastructure needs. The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE), American Water Works Association (AWWA), and Engineers Without Borders USA (EWB-USA) recently announced the collaboration. A new program called Community Engineering Corps (CEC) will help small, underserved communities address critical infrastructure issues and improve the quality of life for their citizens. 

The CEC has already tackled five pilot projects. One of them is a new community center for the Spirit Lake Nation near Devils Lake, N.D. The tribe’s previous community center had to be razed due to mold from flood damage and an insufficient septic system. The new center is scheduled to be completed later this year. “The Spirit Lake Community has many needs, and few resources available to meet those needs. By partnering with the CEC, we now have the knowledge and resources to make our dreams a reality,” says Frank Black Cloud, Spirit Lake Nation Renewable Resource Manager in a news release.

It’s important to note that the CEC only provides engineering services. It is not a funding agency. Therefore, project funding is the responsibility of the community or non-governmental organization. The teams of CEC volunteers will have access to the systems and resources necessary to ensure all projects are done in a manner that meets State and Federal regulations. For additional information about the program, including volunteer and recipient applications, click here.




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