Syracuse, NY, Mar 14, 2012 -- Today, Jill Harvey, USDA Rural Development NY State Director, announced a $750,000 grant for the Village of Castorland. The grant was made available through Rural Development’s Water and Environmental Program (WEP) and will be used to upgrade the village’s sewer collection system and construct a new sewer treatment system. The sewer collection system upgrades will eliminate old clay tile mains, storm water inflow, and cellar drain discharges. The new sewer treatment system, an aerated facultative lagoon, is being built cost effectively so that the village’s future operating and maintenance costs will be low.
“Our programs enhance the living conditions for thousands of people in rural communities across the nation. This two-part project will heavily reduce health hazards and improve Castorland’s sanitation conditions for 306 residents. “By providing basic infrastructure needs like this, Rural Development is enabling rural communities to be competitive in attracting new business and sustain a growing population. We are pleased to assist Castorland. ” said Jill Harvey, USDA RD NY State Director.
Rural Development has invested about $280 million since 2001 through its Water and Environmental Programs to upgrade water, sewer and storm water systems throughout New York. All public bodies, Indian tribes and nonprofits with a service area of 10,000 residents or less qualify for funding. Examples of eligible projects include water towers, water treatment plants, sewage treatment plants, pipes, treatment ponds and storm water systems. Funding is available through grants, direct loans and loan guarantees through traditional lenders.
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 USDA Rural Development programs, contact Rural Development’s state office at (315) 477-6400, or visit the Rural Development web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/ny.