News Release
Release No.STELPRD4021470
ContactGreg Batson(573) 876-9304
(APRIL 22, 2013) STATE DIRECTOR BEGINS WEEK OF EARTH DAY EVENTS
Sweet Springs, MO, Apr 22, 2013 --

@@Rural Development State Director Anita J. (Janie) Dunning today “kicked off” a week of Earth Day events throughout the state by announcing the approval of a Waste Water Disposal loan to the City of Sweet Springs. The $790,000 loan will be used to improve the city’s treatment facility.

"Earth Day is global. Around the world, communities are holding events to recognize the natural resources available to us as residents of the planet, but also to increase awareness of the fragility of these resources. Our state events are celebrations of projects, such as Sweet Springs’ treatment plant improvements, which acknowledge the need to protect the environment, Dunning said. By providing funding to improve water and waste water systems, Rural Development is participating with communities in taking action to assure future generations have access to Earth’s resources. Natural resources improve our quality of life and drive our economy, therefore, need management and protection."

Sweet Springs will utilize Rural Development (RD) funds to remove and land-apply wastewater sludge. The existing sanitary sewer lagoons will then be retrofitted into wetland channels, which will be planted with the cattails and bulrushes. The flow from the aerated lagoon will then be diverted into wetlands and followed by ultraviolet disinfection. This will improve sanitary sewer treatment for the community’s 1,628 residents.

For other examples of USDA investments in rural communities, please visit RD's new interactive web map at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/RDSuccessStories.html. The map features program funding and success stories for fiscal years 2009-2011. For further information about Rural Development programs in Missouri visit the website at: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/mo. To learn more about Earth Day visit www.earthday.org.

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.

USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has an active portfolio of more than $181 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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