News Release
Release No.STELPRD4009690
ContactJane Edwards(660) 885-5567 Ext 4
Wheatland, MO, Apr 21, 2011 --

@@At a media celebration on April 21, 2011, Anita J. (Janie) Dunning, USDA Rural Development Missouri State Director presented a Certificate of Appreciation to the City of Wheatland. The city received funds consisting of a loan for $564,000 and a grant in the amount of $440,000 from USDA Rural Development’s Water and Wastewater Program. In addition, the City received $500,000 from the State of Missouri’s Community Development Block Grant Program. $52,000 was also contributed by the City of Wheatland. The funds will be used to identify and replace gravity sewer lines, repair or replace existing manholes, rebuild the South lift station and dispose of all wastewater through the Land Application system. Wheatland is a community of 317 in Hickory County.

This announcement was part of many Earth Day events held across Missouri this week. April 22 is the 41st anniversary of Earth Day, which is being celebrated across the United States to acknowledge and unite communities, organizations, and the U.S. Government for their accomplishments in providing safe and sanitary living conditions to rural residents.

“With the help of a low-interest loan and grant from USDA Rural Development, the city of Wheatland will have the resources to make necessary upgrades to their city’s sewer system,” said U.S. Senator Claire McCaskill. “I’m pleased this will help them continue to provide the community with the proper water and wastewater treatment.”

“I’m pleased that the USDA has awarded this low-interest loan and grant to the City of Wheatland, which will greatly benefit from these important upgrades,” said U.S. Senator Roy Blunt. “Providing local communities with safe and reliable access to water and sewer systems is essential to the economic growth and development of our state’s rural areas.”

“It is gratifying to have rural development funds used to improve the lives of residents of Wheatland. I am particularly pleased with how the City of Wheatland worked with state and federal officials to make these improvements a reality,” said U.S. Representative Vicky Hartzler.

“Access to an environmentally safe and reliable sewage collection and treatment system is a fundamental necessity to each of us,” said 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 having an adequate and dependable sewer treatment system. Special thanks are extended to our federal elected officials for making available the federal funds for funding this kind of project providing essential services to the residents of the City of Wheatland.”

Anyone seeking more information about the water and wastewater programs or any other USDA Rural Development programs may visit the homepage at or by contacting the Clinton Area Office at 1306 North 2nd Street, Clinton, MO 64735 or by calling (660) 885-5567- ext 4.

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