Eagle River, WI, Apr 24, 2012 -- In observance of Earth Day 2012, the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development has awarded the City of Eagle River funding for the City’s water and sewer improvement project. In addition, USDA Rural Development has selected Eagle River as a 2012 Wisconsin Earth Day Project.
USDA Rural Development, joined by City and Local Leaders, to officially announce that the agency has awarded the City of Eagle River a total of $972,000 in a federal grant and loan combination to upgrade and rehabilitate the current sewer and water systems.
The announcement included a formal program where USDA Rural Development Community Programs Director Brian Deaner presented the Mayor, with an Earth Day Award recognizing the City’s initiative and accomplishments, which will provide area residents with clean and safe drinking water, and allow for future growth of the community.
“Earth Day calls for a cleaner, safer environment for its inhabitants and today we’re here to celebrate the cleaner, safer wastewater collection system for the residents of Eagle River,” said Deaner. “Improvements to the City’s wastewater system means, an improvement to its residents’ health and wellness, and a solid foundation on which growth and opportunity are realistic endeavors. On this celebration of Earth Day, USDA Rural Development is proud to celebrate this new beginning with Eagle River.”
The City of Eagle River is working on two projects that will improve and expand sewer and water services for the community. The Silver lake Road project includes the reconstruction of water and sewer lines. The new lines will allow larger capacity to serve future growth on the north and east sides of the City where there currently are nitrate issues from failing septic systems. The Highway 70 West project will install new sewer and water lines and mains. The new infrastructure will remedy failing septic systems, improve water quality and taste, reduce odor, and provide for future growth and development in Eagle River, Wis. With the completion of this project, the City will be able to meet existing and future needs of the community, increase efficiency, improve critical infrastructure, and provide safe and clean drinking water to area residents.
USDA Rural Development approved loans for $693,000 and a grant of $279,000 toward the project through USDA Rural Development’s Water and Environmental Programs. Additional funding for the project is coming in the form of a $286,000 Department of Commerce grant, and a Department of Transportation grant totaling $168,000.
The Water and Environmental Program provides loans and grants to ensure that necessary investments are made in water and wastewater infrastructure to ensure safe drinking water and protect the environment in rural areas.
Earth Day is observed annually on April 22 to raise awareness about the role citizens, businesses and communities can play in protecting the environment. Since the first Earth Day celebration in 1970, the event has expanded to include participation by citizens and governments in more than in 175 countries.
As part of Earth Day, USDA Rural Development is providing more than $150.8 million to 54 projects across the nation, to improve water quality and provide a safe and healthy environment for rural Americans. In addition, nearly $22.5 million is being invested for training through the Technical Assistance and Solid Waste Management programs.
This year, as America celebrates Earth Day, USDA is commemorating 150 years working with Americans to protect the land. At the same time, USDA is looking to the future. 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 benefits for generations to come.
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 administered nearly $558 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. For more information on USDA Rural Development programs visit USDA’s web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/wi.