News Release
Release No.STELPRD4017842
ContactCandice Celestin(315) 399-8393
Syracuse, NY, Jul 30, 2012 --

@@The USDA Rural Development funded the Village of Dryden with a loan of $3,636,000 and a grant of $2,972,000 for essential upgrades to the village’s existing wastewater treatment plant. The current treatment plant has exceeded its discharge rate and during heavy rains it does not have the reserve capacity to meet additional demands in its service area.  Project funds will also be used for minor repairs and maintenance to the facility.

“Utility services like wastewater treatment plants are one of the many foundational components of rural infrastructure. However, one of our goals at Rural Development is not to simply construct facilities but, to maintain and sustain these facilities for the future,” said Bryan Clerkin, United States Department of Agriculture RD NY Acting State Director.

President Obama’s plan for rural America has brought about historic investment and resulted in stronger rural communities. Under the President’s leadership, these investments in housing, community facilities, businesses and infrastructure have empowered rural America to continue leading the way – strengthening America’s economy and strengthening small towns and rural communities. USDA’s investments in rural communities support the rural way of life that stands as the backbone of our American values. President Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack are 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.   

USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has an active portfolio of more than $170 billion in loans and loan guarantees. 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 USDA Rural Development programs, contact Rural Development’s state office at (315) 477-6400, or visit the Rural Development web site at