Parkland, WI, Oct 20, 2011 -- For several years, residents of Parkland and the South Superior region have been used holding tanks and private sewers for wastewater treatment and disposal. Over the years area soils have become saturated, allowing discharge into nearby headwaters and surface ponds.
This has been an on-going problem for many years.
Today, those issues and concerns will be put to rest, as the community celebrates the completion of the new collection system, reinforcing water quality for the region.
Area residents form Parkland and South Range, Wis. joined Village Leaders, Federal, State, and Local Officials for a ceremony marking the completion of the construction.
The celebration included a ribbon cutting of the newly established Parkland Sanitary District Office by local leaders.
The project was made possible due to partnerships forged with the community and USDA Rural Development, the U.S. Army Corp. of Engineers, and the City of Superior.
USDA Rural Development approved a Water and Waste Disposal loan and grant combination totaling over $1.3 million through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, to help with the cost of the new facility. In addition, the Army Corp. of Engineers contributed $487,000 through the Section 154 Program to the $8.2 million dollar project.
USDA Rural Development State Director Stan Gruszynski, said infrastructure projects like these directly tie into the sustainability and viability of communities.
“The Village deserves a lot of credit. Developing and maintaining a modern infrastructure is essential for the sustainability of our communities,” said Gruszynski. “People choose to live in rural Wisconsin for the quality of life it offers, and reliable infrastructure plays a big part. This project exemplifies a continued effort on behalf of USDA Rural Development’s mission to be a partner in helping rural communities, by providing the assistance needed to build a foundation for a thriving community. We are pleased to have been a part of the project and the positive impact it will have on the community.”
The loan was for $2,992,000 while the grant provided an additional $4,716,000. Funds were used to construct a new pressure sewer, lift stations, and holding basin to serve the un-sewered community. The new wastewater collection system connects to the City of Superior collection system, sending all wastewater for treatment at the City of Superior Wastewater Treatment Plant.
This project will ultimately benefit the residents of Parkland, the environment and the surrounding communities in several ways. Preventing wastewater from being discharged onto the ground or nearby surface waters, improving water quality, stabilizing property values, and making the area a a cleaner and safer place to live and enjoy.
Over 320 residents and 10 commercial users are on this new state-of-the-art system.
USDA Rural Development’s Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Programs provide water and waste financing to rural communities Recipients of the funding may build, repair, and improve public water systems, and waste collection and treatment systems in rural communities with up to 10,000 in population.
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 www.usda.gov/recovery. More information about the Federal government's efforts on the Recovery Act is available at www.recovery.gov.
USDA Rural Development’s mission is to deliver programs in a way that will support increasing economic opportunity and improve the quality of life of rural residents. As the lead federal agency for rural development needs, USDA Rural Development returned nearly $936 million dollars this past year to rural Wisconsin communities. Funds are used to finance and foster growth in homeownership, business development, and critical community and technological infrastructures. Further information on USDA Rural Development programs is available at a local USDA Rural Development office or by visiting the web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/wi.