Winneconne, WI, Nov 03, 2011 -- The Village of Winneconne marked the completion of renovations and upgrades to the Village’s Wastewater Treatment Plant with a community celebration and ribbon cutting event today.
Winneconne area residents joined Village Leaders; and Federal, State, and Local Officials for a ceremony marking the completion of the construction and commencing of operation of the Village’s new treatment facility.
The celebration included a ribbon cutting, open house, and dedication with a new sign made and presented by Winneconne High School students.
The project was made possible with the help of a USDA Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal loan and grant combination totaling over $4.5 million through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The total cost of the project was $5.2 million.
USDA Rural Development Area Specialist, Rhoda Fleming, representative for State Director Stan Gruszynski, said infrastructure projects like these directly tie into the sustainability and viability of communities.
The Village’s Treatment Facility is more than 30 years-old; and even though the Plant was well maintained over the decades, the improvements were necessary to bring the facility in compliance with recent Wisconsin Pollutant Discharge
Elimination System (WPDES) permit changes. In addition, higher industrial flows and loads, and high inflow and infiltration due to an increased volume of wet weather; further necessitated the need.
“The Village deserves a lot of credit. Developing and maintaining a modern infrastructure is essential for the sustainability of our communities,” said Fleming. “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 $3,659,000, while the grant provided an additional $916,000 to replace sewer mains in the Village and upgrade the lift stations.
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.