|(APRIL 19, 2011) USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT CELEBRATES EARTH DAY WITH OFFICIALS AT ANNAPOLIS|
|Annapolis, MO, Apr 19, 2011
@@Anita “Janie” Dunning, State Director of USDA Rural Development, hosted an Earth Day celebration with the City of Annapolis officials on Tuesday, April 19, 2011. The event was held to celebrate Earth Day and acknowledge the efforts and partnership of the city officials and a local business to resolve the local sewage treatment process. The partnership will have a dual benefit that will greatly improve the environment for the 312 residents of the community.
The proposal is to convert the existing lagoon into a non-discharge lagoon, thereby eliminating the point-source discharge. The “gray water” will be extracted from the lagoon and the liquid will be applied to some nearby mine tailings. The liquid will be applied at a determined rate and flow to assure absorption and eliminate the possibility of runoff contamination. The tailings pile will benefit from the improved composition and nutrient levels. This improved composition and nutrient level will increase the land’s ability to produce good vegetation. The vegetation growth will protect the environment from wind and soil erosion.
USDA Rural Development partnered with the Missouri Department of Economic Development’s Community Development Block Grant program to provide the funding for this project. USDA Rural Development provided $477,000 in loan funds and $583,000 in grant funds. The anticipated Community Development Block Grant will be $500,000. The funds will cover the cost of the treatment facility upgrades, improvements to the collection system and the addition of a few new users to the wastewater system.
To help celebrate and expand the awareness of Earth Day, the City of Annapolis hosted an Earth Day Poster Contest for the local 5th grade students. The students were given the opportunity to design a poster that reflected environmental benefits derived from USDA Rural Development programs. Extra points were awarded if the poster contained a local theme. The recipients’ of the awards were as follows:
Mikana Kaempfe – 1st place - Linsey Hadley – 2nd place - Brooklyn Matychowiak – 3rd place
“I’m pleased the City of Annapolis was able to celebrate Earth Day by recognizing the efforts of city officials and local businesses to develop a sewage treatment partnership that will continue to have a positive impact on the environment for many years to come,” U.S. Senator McCaskill said. “This project was made possible by competitive grant funds designed to help our rural communities.”
“This is a great partnership effort when everyone works together for a common goal of meeting the needs of a community in essential services,” said Dunning. “This project mirrors USDA, Rural Development’s mission of being committed to the future of rural communities. I am pleased that so many rural households will benefit from an adequate and dependable sewer system.” Special thanks are extended to our federal elected officials for making available the federal funds for funding these projects.”
Mayor, Dana Pratt, added, “We are planting a tree today, so the next generation can pick up the leaves. We are excited about our new partnership with ISP for our wastewater facility and we are very grateful for the funding from USDA.”
Anyone interested in obtaining information regarding assistance available through USDA Rural Development may visit the homepage at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/mo/ or can contact Donna Martin at the Area Office at the Farmington, MO by calling 573-756-6413, Ext. 119.
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