News Release
Release No.STELPRD4015922
ContactKatherine Belcher859.224.7306
(APRIL 17, 2012) USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT CELEBRATES EARTH DAY BY ANNOUNCING PROJECTS TO IMPROVE WATER QUALITY AND BENEFIT RURAL RESIDENTS
Lexington, KY, Apr 17, 2012 --

@@In observation of Earth Day, State Director Tom Fern was in Fleming County this week to announce funding for a project that will improve water and wastewater service and benefit the environment.

Rural Development has obligated a low-interest loan in the amount of $1.995 million and $855,000 in grant funds to the city of Flemingsburg to upgrade the existing water treatment plant. Upgrades will include the installation of new filters, chemical feed equipment wiring, control meters and monitors – all of which will improve water quality, eliminate health hazards and address violations issued by the Kentucky Division of Water.

“USDA invests in rural water and community facility projects that not only protect America’s natural resources but also provide a clean environment and economic opportunities for current and future generations,” Fern said. “USDA is especially proud of its role in helping rural communities and citizens gain access to safe and reliable drinking water, and in helping to improve environmental quality in rural areas.”

Fern added “The Obama administration is committed to ensuring Rural Development’s programs create jobs, attract businesses and provide essential services to their residents.”

Forty-two years ago, a small group of dedicated citizens decided to take action to make their local communities cleaner and healthier, and from this spirit, Earth Day was born. Since the first Earth Day celebration in 1970, countless Americans have made a positive impact on our planet, and now President Obama is calling on all of us to pitch in. 

Rural Development will host events across the country to highlight newly funded projects as well as past Earth Day projects. Previously funded Earth Day projects that are completed or near completion demonstrate how USDA is helping improve the environment in rural communities.

USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages more than 40 housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a national network of 6,100 employees located in the nation's capital and nearly 500 state and local offices. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America. Rural Development has an existing portfolio of nearly $142 billion in loans and loan guarantees.

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