Des Moines, Iowa, Apr 23, 2012 -- As part of USDA’s Earth Day celebration, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Friday announced support for projects that will improve water and wastewater services and benefit the environment across the country. Two projects in Iowa are receiving funding assistance from USDA’s Rural Development mission area.
“It is critical that communities across the country have reliable, clean and abundant water,” said Vilsack. “These water and wastewater projects demonstrate how USDA is helping provide critical services to rural communities that have the added benefit of protecting the environment. This Earth Day, USDA is commemorating 150 years of working with Americans to protect the land. In the years to come, we will help address the changing needs of agriculture and rural America – and find strategies for managing our public and working lands that promote a strong middle class today while preserving the environment for generations to come.”
In Iowa, ADLM Facilities Management Systems Commission is receiving a $1,350,000 loan and $2,000,000 grant to provide individual onsite wastewater service to 12 unincorporated subdivisions in Davis County. This project will benefit 239 residential customers.
Also, the City of Hansell in Franklin County is receiving a $607,000 loan and $481,698 grant to help construct a new municipal wastewater collection and treatment system for 48 users in the community.
In all, 54 water and wastewater projects in 33 states will be funded. Funding for each project is contingent upon the recipient meeting the terms of the loan, grant, or loan/grant agreement.
Earth Day is observed annually on April 22 to raise awareness about the role each person can play to protect vital natural resources and safeguard the environment. Since the first Earth Day celebration in 1970, the event has expanded to include participation by citizens and governments in more than 195 countries.
Since taking office, President Obama’s Administration has taken historic steps to improve the lives of rural Americans, put people back to work and build thriving economies in rural communities. From proposing the American Jobs Act to establishing the first-ever White House Rural Council – chaired by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack – the President is committed to a smarter use of existing Federal resources to foster sustainable economic prosperity and ensure the government is a strong partner for businesses, entrepreneurs and working families in rural communities.
This past year USDA Rural Development’s investment in Iowa helped create or retain more than 1,900 jobs, aided 2,000 families in buying their own homes and assisted more than 80 communities as they made improvements to their facilities, services and infrastructure.
USDA Rural Development has 11 offices across the state to serve the 1.7 million Iowans living in rural areas and communities. Office locations include a State Office in Des Moines, along with Area Offices in Albia, Atlantic, Humboldt, Indianola, Iowa Falls, Le Mars, Mount Pleasant, Storm Lake, Tipton and Waverly.
Further information on programs available through USDA Rural Development is available by calling (515) 284-4663 or by visiting the agency’s web site at www.rurdev.usda.gov/ia.
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