Forty Fort, PA, Apr 19, 2013 -- FORTY FORT, April 19, 2013 – USDA Rural Development State Director Thomas Williams and local officials celebrated Earth Day today by announcing funding for Forty Fort Borough to address health and sanitary conditions and improve water quality for local residents.
“I am proud to announce Rural Development’s support for infrastructure projects like this that help the environment, local waterways, and improve the lives of rural residents,” said Williams.
The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) remains focused on carrying out its mission, despite a time of significant budget uncertainty. Today’s announcement is one part of the Department’s efforts to strengthen the rural economy.
Forty Fort Borough will utilize a $3,541,500 Rural Development Water and Environmental Program loan to replace 30,000 feet of sewer pipe and 120 manholes. The plant serves over 1,785 homes in the Borough. This area is in close proximity to the Susquehanna River, which flows into the Chesapeake Bay.
Earth Day is observed annually on April 22 to raise awareness about the role each person can play to protect vital natural resources and safeguard the environment. Since the first Earth Day celebration in 1970, organized through the efforts of the late Wisconsin Senator and conservationist Gaylord Nelson, the event has expanded to include participation by citizens and governments in more than 195 countries.
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, 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 Federal resources to foster sustainable economic prosperity and ensure the government is a strong partner for businesses, entrepreneurs and working families in rural communities. For more information on programs offered by USDA Rural Development, contact the Pennsylvania State Office at (717) 237-2299 or visit its website at www.rurdev.usda.gov/pa.
USDA has made a concerted effort to deliver results for the American people, even as USDA implements sequestration - the across-the-board budget reductions mandated under terms of the Budget Control Act. USDA has already undertaken historic efforts since 2009 to save more than $700 million in taxpayer funds through targeted, common-sense budget reductions. These reductions have put USDA in a better position to carry out its mission, while implementing sequester budget reductions in a fair manner that causes as little disruption as possible.
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