Gridley, CA, Feb 23, 2010 -- Today, USDA Rural Development State Director Dr. Glenda Humiston kicked off a $5 million expansion of the City of Gridley's wastewater treatment plant with Mayor Jerry Fichter and City Council members at a groundbreaking ceremony. The project was funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
USDA Rural Development provided the City of Gridley with a $2,750,000 loan and $2,300,850 grant through ARRA's Water and Environmental Programs to help repair and expand their wastewater treatment system. ARRA funds will convert the wastewater plant to a high rate aerated pond system that will increase their capacity to 1.7 million gallons per day. In addition, the project will replace one mile of sewer main, which consists of some of the oldest pipe in the city, and reroute the collection line to better utilize gravity flow.
"Projects like this one in Gridley are a great example of how the Recovery Act is helping rural communities build a foundation for economic strength, future prosperity and a healthy environment," said Humiston. "As today's project and the hundreds of others funded through ARRA conclude over the next few years, we will continue to see the effects in stronger, more vibrant rural communities."
Rob Hickey, Administrator for the City of Gridley explained the important role USDA Rural Development's programs can play in cities and towns like Gridley. "It's very difficult for most rural communities to raise the funds needed to put in the infrastructure we are mandated to have. Rural Development programs become instrumental in a community's ability to reduce costs and make these projects feasible."
ARRA loans and grants will continue to be available through USDA Rural Development until September 30, 2010, or until all funds have been awarded. More information about USDA's Recovery Act efforts is available at www.usda.gov/recovery.
USDA Rural Development's mission is to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural residents. Rural Development fosters growth in homeownership, finances business development, and supports creation of critical community and technology infrastructure. Further information on rural programs is available at one of California's 18 local USDA Rural Development offices or by visiting http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/ca.
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