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Wastewater line upgrade will add an additional 59 users
Hiller, PA, Aug 29, 2011 --


Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for Brownsville Municipal Authority
Swan Plan Sewer Project

Wastewater Line Upgrade Will Add an Additional 59 Users

Hiller, Pa., Aug. 29, 2011 – A ceremonial groundbreaking, held today for the Brownsville Municipal Authority’s Sewer Project, marks an important day for local residents. Congressman Mark Critz (PA-12th), officials from USDA Rural Development, and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers participated in the groundbreaking.

Rich in history and surrounded by a view of hills and valleys along the Monongahela River, Brownsville is using its rich past to help rebuild the downtown area that suffered the demise of the coal mining industry. The addition of new sewer lines is part of the new beginning. The areas are currently served by malfunctioning on-lot sewage systems, allowing raw or partially treated sewage to be discharged to yards, roadside ditches, roadways and nearby streams. The existing system is inadequate and poses a constant threat of bacterial contamination for the area residents, as well as fish, wildlife and downstream property owners.

“The untreated sewage that is currently flowing into the local watersheds and the resulting health and environmental concerns will be removed with these improvements. This project is an example of how USDA Rural Development is helping to protect the environment throughout rural Pennsylvania,” said Tom Williams, Rural Development State Director. “And, this project advances the Obama Administration’s economic recovery goals to rebuild the nation’s infrastructure by creating jobs.”

USDA Rural Development provided an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) loan and grant, administered by the Water and Environmental Program, which provides loans and grants to ensure that the necessary investments are made in water and wastewater infrastructure to deliver safe drinking water and protect the environment in rural areas.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is providing Section 313, South Central Pennsylvania Environmental Improvement Program funding to support the design and construction for Phase 2 of this project. Section 313 of the Water Resources Development Act of 1992 established this program to provide design and construction assistance for water-related environmental infrastructure and resource protection and development projects in 15 counties in southwestern Pennsylvania. The Section 313 Program authorizes Federal assistance to provide design and construction oversight to communities for projects involving wastewater treatment and related facilities, water supply, storage, treatment and distribution facilities, and surface water resource protection and development projects. These projects directly improve the environment and the quality of life in the program area and contribute to the national goal of improving environmental quality.

In addition, the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development (DCED) provided a grant. DCED provides grants to municipalities or municipal authorities to assist with the construction of drinking water, sanitary and storm sewer projects.

USDA Rural Development serves as the lead federal agency for rural development needs by offering financial and technical assistance to individuals, businesses and communities. USDA Rural Development programs include funding for day care centers, fire trucks and other community facility projects; the purchase, construction or repair of homes; loans and guarantees to rural businesses to save or create jobs and renewable energy; and loans and grants for water and sewer utility projects. For more information on programs offered by USDA Rural Development, contact the Pennsylvania State Office at (717) 237-2299 or visit its website at

President Obama signed The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 into law on Feb. 17, 2009. It is designed to jumpstart the nation’s economy, create or save millions of jobs, and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country can thrive in the 21st century. The Act includes measures to modernize our nation’s infrastructure, enhance energy independence, expand educational opportunities, preserve and improve affordable health care, provide tax relief, and protect those in greatest need.

More information about USDA’s Recovery Act efforts is available at More information about the Federal government’s efforts on the Recovery Act is available at



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