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Release No.STELPRD4018037
ContactKelly Edwards715-340-1264
TREATMENT PLANT IMPROVEMENTS COMPLETED IN FORESTVILLE
Village Holds Community Celebration
Forestville, WI, Aug 25, 2012 --

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Kelly Edwards, Public Information Coordinator

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Treatment Plant Improvements Completed in Forestville

Village Holds Community Celebration

FORESTVILLE, WI – AUGUST 25, 2012 - - The Village of Forestville marked the completion of renovations and upgrades to the Village’s wastewater treatment plant and sewer system with a community celebration and ribbon cutting event today.

Forestville area residents joined Village Leaders; and Federal, State, and Local Officials for a ceremony marking the completion of the construction and commencing of operation of the Village’s new collection and treatment facilities.

The celebration included a ribbon cutting, open house, and tours.

The project was made possible with the help of a USDA Rural Development Water and Waste Disposal loan and grant combination totaling over $1.7 million.

USDA Rural Development Area Specialist, Kou Xiong, representative for State Director Stan Gruszynski, said infrastructure projects like these directly tie into the sustainability and viability of communities.

The Village’s Treatment Facility is more than 20 years-old; and even though the Plant was well maintained over the decades, improvements were necessary to make the facility compliant with recent Wisconsin Pollutant Discharge
Elimination System (WPDES) permit limit changes. The upgrades to the existing influent pumping station, the two lagoons, and other necessary mechanical equipment will help the system to accommodate peak flows and allow for future growth of the community.

“The Village deserves a lot of credit. Developing and maintaining a modern infrastructure is essential for the sustainability of our communities,” said Xiong. “People choose to live in rural Wisconsin for the quality of life it offers, and reliable infrastructure plays a big part. This project exemplifies a continued effort on behalf of USDA Rural Development’s mission to be a partner in helping rural communities, by providing the assistance needed to build a foundation for a thriving community. We are pleased to have been a part of the project and the positive impact it will have on the community.”

The loan was for $967,000, while the grant provided an additional $736,000 to also helped to replace sewer mains in the Village.

USDA Rural Development’s Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Programs provide water and waste financing to rural communities. Recipients of the funding may build, repair, and improve public water systems, and waste collection and treatment systems in rural communities with up to 10,000 in population.  

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During the past year, USDA Rural Development invested nearly $550 million throughout rural Wisconsin and helped a record number of residents receive funding for economic development projects and quality of life improvements. The agency’s investment in Wisconsin helped create or retain more than 2,000 jobs; aided 2,900 families in buying their own homes; and assisted more than 200 communities in improving community facilities and upgrading local infrastructure.

This year, USDA is commemorating the 150th anniversary founding of the “Peoples Department.”  In 1862, President Abraham Lincoln signed into law an act of Congress establishing the United States Department of Agriculture.  Since then, USDA has helped support the tremendous growth and success of American agriculture, drive economic growth, conserved natural resources and build stronger communities and a stronger nation.  As we celebrate 150 years of accomplishments, USDA is looking to the future as we continue to help address the changing needs of agriculture and rural America.

To learn more about Rural Development, visit our website at www.rurdev.usda.gov/wi.

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