News Release
Release No.STELPRD4008300
ContactBruce Hively(417) 831-5246 Ext 5
Ash Grove, MO, Feb 11, 2011 --

@@USDA Rural Development presented the City of Walnut Grove with a certificate on Friday, February 11, 2011. The City received a Water and Waste Program loan of $1,110,000 and $475,000 grant funds to replace and upgrade approximately 22,500 feet of water main lines and drill a new well. The upgrade will benefit Walnut Grove’s 325 water customers.

“I am pleased to hear that Walnut Grove will be receiving funds to upgrade their water lines and improve their water distribution process,” said U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill. “With the help of the low-interest loans and competitive grants, the citizens of Walnut Grove will continue to have access to clean water.”

“Mayor Eldon Locke expressed appreciation on behalf of the city, “This project has come together with hard work from many people, the USDA, and other funding agencies. I would like to say thanks for your cooperation and financial contributions. The new well will be a backup to our existing well. Some of the pipe is over 50 years old and really needed to be replaced. These much needed improvements to our water system will benefit our current residents and support improvements to sustain our future growth and economic development for all our customers.”

“This is a great partnership effort when everyone works together for a common goal of meeting the needs of an environmentally safe water system,” said USDA Rural Development Missouri State Director Janie Dunning. “This project mirrors USDA Rural Development’s mission and President Obama’s initiative of being committed to the future of rural communities. I want to personally thank everyone that has worked together to make this project a reality. I am pleased that so many rural households will benefit from an adequate and dependable system.” Dunning added, “Appreciation is extended to our federal elected officials for supporting USDA Rural Development. They have been strong proponents for the necessary funding for essential services for rural Missourians.”

Anyone seeking more information about this or any other USDA Rural Development program may visit the homepage at or by contacting Bruce Hively, Area Specialist, at 688 S. State Hwy B, Suite 400, Springfield, MO 65802 or by calling (417) 831-5246 extension 5 or by email to

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