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ContactDarin Leach(515) 284-4747
(AUGUST 14, 2012) WATER SYSTEM IMPROVEMENTS TO SAFEGUARD PUBLIC HEALTH IN A NORTHERN IOWA COMMUNITY
Des Moines, Iowa, Aug 14, 2012 --

@@Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the City of Joice, Iowa, will receive funding from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help make improvements that will enhance the water quality in the northern Iowa community.

“It is a tremendous undertaking for a smaller community such as Joice to construct a new wastewater system,” said Vilsack. “However, the importance of building a system that will create a cleaner, healthier environment for children and all residents cannot be under estimated.”

The $2 million wastewater project, which is funded through USDA Rural Development’s Water and Environmental Program, will install a new centralized gravity collection system with a centralized controlled discharge lagoon and will replace failing individual septic systems.

USDA Rural Development’s funding continues to have a dramatic impact on rural communities across Iowa. Since 2009, the agency has invested nearly $2 billion in essential public facilities, small and emerging businesses, water and sewer systems, and housing opportunities to help Iowa families and communities build a better future.

Since taking office, President Obama's Administration has taken historic steps to improve the lives of rural Americans, put people back to work and build thriving economies in rural communities. From proposing the American Jobs Act to establishing the first-ever White House Rural Council - chaired by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack - the President is 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, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure programs through a national network of state and local offices. Rural Development 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.

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