News Release
Release No.STELPRD4017951
ContactEmily Cannon(207) 990-9175
(AUGUST 13, 2012) USDA RURAL DEVELOPMENT AND PENOBSCOT INDIAN NATION PARTNER FOR WATER AND WASTE UPGRADES
Bangor, ME, Aug 13, 2012 --

@@USDA Rural Development has selected the Penobscot Indian Nation to receive a Water and Waste Disposal Direct Loan in the amount of $80,000.

The Water and Waste Disposal Direct Loan will be used to replace sewer mains on Oak Hill Road and Wabanaki Way and includes replacement of 2,600 linear feet of aged sewer lines which will ensure properly working wastewater services. In addition this project will improve operating efficiencies of the treatment plant and protect the Penobscot River watershed. The Indian Health Service is also contributing funding for this important infrastructure project.

USDA Rural Development State Director Virginia Manuel said, “This important project will help ensure the Penobscot Indian Nation has access to properly working facilities while having a positive impact on protecting the environment at the same time. I am pleased USDA Rural Development can partner with the Tribe on this beneficial project.”

Penobscot Indian Nation Chief Kirk Francis said, “We appreciate our partnership with USDA Rural Development and the resources provided to allow the Penobscot Indian Nation to upgrade our infrastructure to ensure a high quality approach in our waste water treatment.  This ensures that we will continue our commitment to protecting our sacred river by having facilities that will continue to operate at a very high level for years to come."

USDA Rural Development has Area Offices located in Presque Isle, Bangor, Lewiston, and Scarborough, as well as a State Office, located in Bangor. There are 69 employees working to deliver the agency’s Housing, Business, and Community Programs, which are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, and farmers, and improve the quality of life in rural Maine. Further information on rural programs is available at a local USDA Rural Development office or by visiting USDA Rural Development's web site at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/me.