Rosebud, SD, Oct 15, 2012 -- Today, USDA State Director for Rural Development Elsie Meeks announced that the Rosebud Sioux Tribe had been selected to receive Water and Environmental loan and grant funds to construct a solid waste transfer station which will make the operation cost effective and improve the trash collection for residents on the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Reservation.
“Solid waste collection will be greatly improved with the addition of the transfer station,” said Meeks. “Enhancement of the environment and cleanliness of the area is critical to the health, well-being, and quality of life of the residents in the area.”
A central transfer station located closer to where most of the garbage is generated will allow the Rosebud Sioux Tribe to minimize trips to the landfill, alleviate strain on solid waste equipment, minimize dumpster overflow and illegal dumping, and allow the Tribe to participate in recycling efforts resulting in saving space and extending the life of the landfill. In addition, the modernization of the transfer station will provide the members of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe efficiencies in managing how the solid waste is handled and disposed of.
Meeks said the Tribe is exceeding the landfill capacity of handling 20 tons a day of garbage at the central landfill in the Northeast corner of the Rosebud Reservation. Garbage is hauled from twenty communities on the Reservation that range from 15 miles to 80 miles one way. At present, there is approximately 30 tons of solid waste generated daily on the Rosebud Reservation. Construction of the Rosebud Transfer Station will allow containment so that there is less opportunity for garbage to be strewn all over in the area adding to beautification efforts. Federal funding for this project includes a loan of $100,000 and a grant of $540,000, along with previous funding received in Fiscal Year 2010 of $254,000 loan and $766,000 grant.
“Rosebud Sioux Tribe is proud to finally have a Solid Waste Transfer Station long cherished by Tribal members, Council and previous administrations. There are many to be thanked, including Rural Development for the grant and loan,” said Cyril Scott, Tribal President.
“Rosebud Sioux Tribe has a state of the art central landfill located on the Pierre Shale Formation. The Shale provides an inherent environmental protection from contamination of ground water by garbage and the transfer station will immensely help in streamlining garbage collection and disposal adding to environmental protection in an economically viable way,” said Syed Huq, Director, Water Resources.
Since 2009, USDA has provided more than $8.1 billion in investment to bring modern, updated water and waste water capacity to thousands of rural communities – helping to safeguard the health and wellbeing of millions.
For additional information on Rural Development projects, please visit Rural Development’s new interactive web map featuring program funding and success stories for fiscal years 2009-2011. The data can be found at: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/RDSuccessStories.html.
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 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. The Rural Council is working to break down silos of information and to find areas for better collaboration and improved flexibility in administering government programs and to work closer with local tribal and non-tribal governments, non-profits and private companies to leverage federal support to enhance the services offered to rural beneficiaries. Under Secretary Vilsack's leadership, USDA has instituted a comprehensive plan to strengthen the Department as a model service provider and to ensure that every farmer and rancher is treated equally and fairly as part of "a new era of civil rights" at USDA. He and President Obama have made it a priority to resolve all of the past civil rights cases facing the Department.
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 $172 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.