Moravia, IA, Apr 22, 2011 -- Contact: Darin Leach, Public Information Coordinator
Phone: (515) 284-4747 (office); (515) 669-5691 (cell)
USDA Rural Development Celebrates Earth Day by Recognizing Project to Protect Water Quality in Lake Rathbun
ADLM Facilities Management Receiving $845,000 in Loan and Grants from USDA to Establish Wastewater Collection System in Iconium
MORAVIA, Iowa – April 22, 2011 – Bill Menner, USDA Rural Development State Director in Iowa, was in Moravia today to recognize ADLM Facilities Management Systems for their efforts to help improve water quality in rural Iowa.
USDA Rural Development funds totaling $845,000 will be used by ADLM Facilities Management Systems to help construct a central sewage collection system for the 24 residents and businesses in and around the unincorporated community of Iconium, along the North Shore area of Lake Rathbun.
“We are extremely pleased to be assisting ADLM Facilities Management Systems with this important project,” Menner said. “While it is a tremendous undertaking for a smaller community to construct a new wastewater system, the importance of building a system that will create a cleaner environment and drinking water for our children cannot be under estimated.”
The collection system will transfer community wastewater to a lagoon owned by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. When completed, the project will bring the community into compliance with county and state sanitary standards.
Earth Day, which was first recognized in 1970, is celebrated each year on April 22 as a way to renew a commitment of caring for all of the earth’s natural resources and helping prepare the environment for future generations. Rural communities and businesses in Iowa play a key role in building a safer, healthier and cleaner world.
“Keeping rural Iowa vibrant and prosperous requires a dedication to innovation, education and infrastructure,” Menner said. “The continued efforts of organizations such as ADLM will ensure that as many rural Iowans as possible will have access to potable water and sanitary wastewater treatment.”
USDA Rural Development has invested nearly $50 million during the past five years to help 55 communities build new wastewater treatment projects that will help preserve and protect Iowa’s waterways and environment.
During the past year USDA Rural Development helped a record number of Iowans receive funding for economic development projects and quality of life improvements. The agency’s investment in Iowa helped create or retain more than 2,200 jobs, aided 2,500 families in buying their own homes and assisted more than 250 communities as they made improvements to their facilities, services and infrastructure.
Contact USDA Rural Development
For more information about finance programs through USDA Rural Development, please call the office located in Albia at (641) 932-3031 Ext. 4 or visit www.rurdev.usda.gov/ia. This office serves communities, businesses and residents in Jasper, Poweshiek, Marion, Mahaska, Lucas, Monroe, Wapello, Wayne, Appanoose and Davis Counties.
USDA Rural Development has 11 offices across the state to serve the 1.7 million Iowans living in rural communities. Office locations include a State Office in Des Moines, along with Area Offices in Albia, Atlantic, Humboldt, Indianola, Iowa Falls, Le Mars, Mount Pleasant, Storm Lake, Tipton and Waverly.
USDA Rural Development is an equal opportunity lender.
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