News Release
Release No.STELPRD4017847
ContactCandice Celestin(315) 399-8393
Syracuse, NY, Jul 18, 2012 --

@@Today, the United States Department of Agriculture awarded a $200,000 Water and Waste Disposal Grant to the Town of Aurelius. These grant funds will be used for Lakeshore Sewer District #3, linking the Town of Aurelius’ sewer service connections to the Village of Cayuga. The sewer service connections will enable access to Cayuga County’s proposed wastewater treatment facility.

“Wastewater treatment is essential for the continued health and safety of our communities,” said Bryan Clerkin, USDA Rural Development Acting State Director. “Wastewater treatment lowers health risks by preventing, containing and removing potential diseases as well as helping sustain our natural resources.

Water and Waste Disposal Direct Loans and Grants are offered to aid in the development of water and waste disposal systems in rural areas and towns with a population not in excess of 10,000. The funds are available to public bodies, non-profit corporations and Indian tribes.

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