ST. PAUL, Minn., Apr 20, 2012 -- To commemorate Earth Day, USDA Rural Development State Director Colleen Landkamer announced three projects to improve water and wastewater services and the environment in rural Minnesota.
“Rural communities need clean drinking water and modern wastewater treatment systems to grow the economy and create jobs,” Landkamer said. “These projects also preserve the environment and help each community retain population and attract new businesses.”
Projects announced include:
• The city of Mabel in Fillmore county will use a $3,071,000 loan and a $709,000 grant to replace its wastewater collection lines, upgrade its wastewater treatment plant, install new water distribution lines and replace its water storage facility.
• The city of Gonvick in Clearwater county will use a $780,000 grant and a $438,000 loan to upgrade its wastewater treatment system. Gonvick’s current system was built in 1969 and in need of major repairs. The upgrades will keep Gonvick’s system in compliance with Department of Health standards, ensure safe treatment for the foreseeable future, and protect the surrounding environment from contamination.
• The city of Dundee in Nobles county was selected to receive a $543,000 grant and a $120,000 loan to improve the city’s wastewater collection and treatment system, and install water meters. The improvements will reduce pollution into Talcot Lake and bring Dundee’s system into compliance with Pollution Control Agency standards.
In all, 54 water and wastewater projects totaling more than $150 million were announced nationally by the USDA. Since 2009, Rural Development has funded 70 water and wastewater projects in Minnesota, bringing clean water and safe wastewater treatment to about 60,000 rural Minnesotans.
USDA Rural Development finances projects that improve housing, infrastructure, community facilities, business development and renewable energy in rural areas. Since 2009, Rural Development has invested about $2.5 billion throughout Minnesota.
To learn more, visit www.rurdev.usda.gov/mn, or call a local office in your region.