Success Story
Release No.STELPRD4009762
, Apr 21, 2011 --

Several components of the City of Sturgis’s water system are aging and in need of replacement or refurbishment. The municipal water system serves the population of Sturgis including 2,869 residential users and 365 commercial users.

Through a USDA Rural Development Water and Environmental loan in the amount of $3,200,000 and grant of $260,000 grant the City will be able to make water system improvements including a new well house, booster pump installation to increase production, water main, aging Cast Iron pipe, and Supervisory Control and Data Acquisition (SCADA) system replacements.

“This announcement highlights President Obama’s commitment to winning the future for communities like Sturgis across the country through strong stewardship of the environment and modern infrastructure to support economic growth,” said Ponti-Lazaruk.

“When this project is complete, the City of Sturgis will have a dependable water supply and distribution system that will be able to handle daily demands, peak tourism and potential growth,” said Meeks. “Earth Day is a great time to recognize the City of Sturgis and the importance this project will play in its future.”

An Earth Day celebration was held at the Sturgis Elementary School in Sturgis, SD in collaboration with the announcement of this project. The Earth Day event included recognition of 2nd grade students who participated in a coloring contest and 5th grade students for their poster or essay entries. Students created either a poster or essay on their interpretation of this year’s Earth Day theme, A Billion Acts of Green…. What can we do to better the earth’s environment? What simple act when combined with another (and another, and another) will make a positive impact to the Earth? What “act” can you do to better your school, town, rural community environment? The contests were sponsored by USDA Rural Development. Winners were presented with certificates and all students who participated received a prize.

Sturgis Elementary 5th grader Bridger Gordon was a winner in both the essay and poster division. To view his essay click here and to view his poster click here. Sturgis Elementary 5th grader Sierra Fischer was also a winner in both the essay and poster division. To view her essay click here and to view her poster click here.