News Release
Release No.STELPRD4015904
ContactDawn Knepp717-237-2286
Duryea, Apr 20, 2012 --

@@Lower Lackawanna Valley Celebrates Earth Day with Announcement of USDA Funding For the Regional Sanitary Authority

DURYEA, April 20, 2012 – USDA Rural Development officials today celebrated Earth Day by presenting a ceremonial funding plaque to the Lower Lackawanna Valley Sanitary Authority for upgrades to the existing wastewater treatment plant.

“I am proud to mark this Earth Day partnership with Lower Lackawanna Valley,” USDA Rural Development Under Secretary Dallas Tonsager said. “Rural Development’s support for infrastructure projects like these helps the environment by reducing nitrogen and phosphorous discharge into the Chesapeake Bay and local waterways, improving the lives of rural residents, and ensuring that rural communities have modern, up-to-date facilities.”

USDA gave the Lower Lackawanna Valley Sanitary Authority a $12,580,400 loan to update the existing sewer plant. The regional plant serves over 14,000 families and businesses in seven municipalities. This area is in close proximity to the Lackawanna River, which flows into the Chesapeake Bay. The plant upgrades will allow for a more environmentally friendly way to treat the wastewater and is expected to be more cost effective.

USDA Rural Development serves as the lead federal agency for rural development needs by offering financial and technical assistance to individuals, businesses and communities. USDA Rural Development programs include funding for day care centers, fire trucks and other community facility projects; the purchase, construction or repair of homes; loans and guarantees to rural businesses to save or create jobs and renewable energy; and loans and grants for water and sewer utility projects. For more information on programs offered by USDA Rural Development, contact the Pennsylvania State Office at (717) 237-2299 or visit its website at


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