Bozeman, MT, Apr 22, 2011 -- USDA Rural Development selected a wastewater project in Brady, Montana as its Earth Day project in 2008. Now on the three year anniversary of the project, we look back on what was accomplished.
Rural Development's Montana State Director Matthew Jones said "One of the gems of our 'Treasure State' is the environment around us. Stretching from the mountains to the plains, opportunities exist for all of us to enjoy the splendor in which we live. Earth Day is a conscious reminder that we need to protect that splendor for our future generations so they too can enjoy Montana as we do, and USDA Rural Development is proud to be a part of that investment in a clean environment; and we're proud to do it every day, not just Earth Day."
In late 2004, the Montana Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) inspected and identified several deficiencies in the wastewater treatment facilities for the unincorporated community of Brady, Montana, 45 miles northwest of Great Falls, Montana. The system, originally constructed in 1955, had leakage problems that could have potentially impacted the health and safety of the community. Sediment blockage, leakage, and flow issues within the first treatment lagoon were causing problems for the entire treatment system.
The Brady County Water & Sewer District worked with USDA Rural Development as well as other funding partners including the Treasure State Endowment Program, Community Development Block Grants, and the Montana Department of Natural Resources to secure grants and loans to repair and rehabilitate the aging wastewater system. In addition to the $1,207,000 from the other funding partners, Rural Development provided $1,125,500 in grants and $439,000 in loans for a total investment of $1,564,500 ($1,110,000 FY07, $454,500 FY08). These funds were used to repair the existing lagoons and replace deteriorating system collection lines.
Today, the community of Brady has a safe and functional wastewater treatment facility that not only supports the nearly 100 hookups in the area, but will continue to serve well into the future. The project brought the facility into compliance with Montana DEQ regulations.
Through its Rural Development mission area, USDA administers and manages more than 40 housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a network of 6,100 employees located in the nation’s capital and 500 state and local offices. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers, and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America. Rural Development has an existing portfolio of more than $142 billion in loans and loan guarantees.