News Release
Release No.STELPRD4012746
ContactLarry Yerich(907) 271-2424 ext. 125
(SEPTMEBER 15, 2011)RURAL ALASKA VILLAGE GRANT (RAVG) PROGRAM PROVIDES $12,801,947
Anchorage, AK, Sep 15, 2011 --

@@United States Department of Agriculture Rural Development Alaska State Director Jim Nordlund announced today that USDA-RD approved a total of $12,801,947 for Water and Waste Disposal grants. The projects were funded under the Rural Alaska Village grant program.

“These upgrades will improve the current health and sanitation conditions through removal of existing outmoded systems and remedy the unsanitary use of honey buckets. The goal and level of funding perfectly targets our mission to improve the quality of life for rural Alaskans,” said Nordlund.

The community of Hooper Bay is among the rural Alaskan communities that will receive funding. The $5,018,858 grant from Rural Development will be utilized to construct a water and wastewater utilidor. The new utility services are anticipated to provide safe and healthy water and sewer services to the Tomaganuk and Airport Road/Subdivisions.

Hooper Bay is one of the larger communities in western Alaska, yet some of its residents still haul water and utilize honey buckets for waste disposal.

The approved projects were completed under the streamlined process that was approved between USDA-RD and major program partners in June 2011. Under the new MOU, the State of Alaska and Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium can apply on behalf of rural Alaskan communities. With this current announcement, both the State of Alaska Village Safe Water and Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium will receive funds.

“We are pleased that the streamlined process is effectively being utilized to provide funds to our program partners. The result of this effort is providing rural Alaskans with healthy and safe water and wastewater systems,” said Tasha Deardorff USDA-RD RAVG Program Manager,

Other entities that will receive funding for water and sewer projects:

Golovin $4,802,670

Eek $828,353

Nondalton $820,643

Crooked Creek $121,500

Kiana $324,375

Larsen Bay $225,000

Saint Paul $311,250

State of Alaska $349,300

USDA Rural Development’s mission is to increase economic opportunity and improve the quality of life for rural residents. Rural Development fosters growth in homeownership, finances business development, and supports the creation of critical community and technology infrastructure. For more information on rural programs, visit a local USDA Rural Development office or http://www.rurdev.usda.gov.