HOLDINGFORD, Minn., Jun 23, 2011 -- USDA Rural Development State Director Colleen Landkamer visited Holdingford, Minn. on Thursday to break ground on a $4.5 million project that will improve the city’s water, wastewater and storm water collection and treatment systems. The project was financed by funds made available in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, signed into law by President Obama in February of 2009.
“Strong and reliable infrastructure is the backbone of any thriving rural community,” Landkamer said. “The Recovery Act delivered financing to improve infrastructure throughout rural Minnesota. Projects like the one we are celebrating today in Holdingford build a foundation for future economic development. They also create immediate construction jobs and boost the regional economy.”
Upgrades in Holdingford include:
• Replacing old water mains and installing new water meters.
• Replacing old sewer lines and equipment in the city’s wastewater treatment facility.
• Improving portions of the city’s storm water collection system to reduce flooding and runoff.
The Recovery Act funds come in the form of a $3,873,000 low-interest loan and a $578,000 grant delivered through Rural Development’s water and environmental programs. As a result of the Recovery Act, Rural Development has invested an additional $85 million beyond its regular funding allocation to improve water and wastewater treatment in 26 Minnesota communities.
The Holdingford project will solve problems such as excessive infiltration, mineral deposits, sedimentation, water distribution issues, inaccurate meter readings, localized flooding and treatment inefficiencies. The upgrades also will result in reduced maintenance and operation costs and will increase operational efficiency.
USDA Rural Development has invested about $2.5 billion since 2009 to improve housing, infrastructure, businesses and job creation throughout rural Minnesota. About $700 million was delivered through the Recovery Act.
To learn more about Rural Development programs, visit www.rurdev.usda.gov/mn, or call the area office in Cambridge at (763) 689-3354, ext. 4. Hispanic or women farmers that farmed between 1981 and 1996 that want to learn more about the discrimination claims process should visit www.farmerclaims.gov, or call 1-888-508-4429.