Brownsville, Jul 13, 2012 -- UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF AGRICULTURE
Brownsville, PA—July 13, 2012 –USDA Rural Utilities Services Administrator Jonathan Adelstein and Pennsylvania Rural Development State Director Tom Williams joined local officials here today to celebrate improvements made to the Center-West Joint Sewer Authority, and the Brownsville Municipal Authority Swan Plan project.
“I am pleased to be here today to see first-hand the benefits that USDA Rural Development funding brings to rural communities like Brownsville,” said Adelstein. “The infrastructure improvements made at these sewer projects will greatly benefit public health, residents, and protect the environment.”
The Center-West Joint Authority project consists of a new sewage treatment plant with pumping systems and piping that was constructed to solve the previous problem of having raw sewage discharged into the Monongahela River. A $4,921,660 grant and a $5,857,000 loan from USDA Rural Development combined with funding from the U. S. Army Corps of Engineers and local and state agencies helped finance the project.
The nearby Brownsville Municipal Authority’s Swan Plan sewer project experienced similar discharge problems. A $488,000 grant and $141,000 loan from USDA and funding from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and the state were used to upgrade to the existing sewer collection system. These improvements have eliminated pollution to the Dunlap Creek Watershed, allowed 59 new users to be added to the system and further increased economic development by luring a Wal-Mart (soon to be constructed) to Brownsville.
“It is very satisfying to see these two wastewater infrastructure projects completed and working to improve the environment and bring more businesses to the area,” said State Director Williams. “We could not have made these happen without the help of USDA and our other funding partners.”
Since taking office, President Obama's Administration has taken significant steps to improve the lives
of rural Americans and has provided broad support for rural communities. The Obama Administration
has set goals of modernizing infrastructure by providing broadband access to 10 million Americans, expanding educational opportunities for students in rural areas, and providing affordable health care. In
the long term, these unparalleled rural investments will help ensure that America's rural communities are repopulating, self-sustaining and thriving economically.
Through its Rural Development mission area, USDA administers and manages more than 40 housing, business and community infrastructure and facility programs through a network of approximately 86 employees located in 10 offices throughout Pennsylvania. 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. For more information on programs offered by USDA Rural Development, contact the Pennsylvania State Office at (717) 237-2299 or visit the Rural Development website at www.rurdev.usda.gov/pa.