News Release
Release No.STELPRD4021474
ContactGreg Batson(573) 876-9304
Nixa, MO, Apr 24, 2013 --

@@Rural Development State Director Anita J. (Janie) Dunning today announced funding for the City of Arbyrd to improve wastewater treatment facility. Rural Development approved a $1,000,000 Waste Disposal Loan. The announcement was made in celebration of Earth Day.

"One of the keys to quality of life in rural cities, towns and villages is maintenance of infrastructure. Arbyrd recognized the importance of this element of community management by seeking these funds,” Dunning said. “In rural communities, there is a strong connection between infrastructure maintenance and environmental protection due to proximity of agricultural production. By undertaking this project, the City of Arbyrd is making a statement of the understanding of this connection."

Rural Development funds will be used to upgrade the city’s existing wastewater treatment facility. Improvements will include the construction of a high aerated lagoon wastewater treatment facility, closure of old lagoon and installation of new 8-inch gravity sewer main serving 528 residents.

Missouri Senator Doug Libla said, “The City of Arbyrd and its more than 500 residents will be better served with these much-needed improvements. With this funding, the city will be able to correct violations of the Missouri Clean Water Law, which sets out to protect our state’s groundwater from harmful contamination. The treatment and maintenance of our water treatment plants — no matter how small or large the community — should always remain a concern for cities and their residents.”

“I am pleased that the rural community of Arbyrd is being awarded funding from USDA Rural Development to upgrade the city’s existing wastewater treatment facility,” stated Missouri Representative Kent Hampton. “Improvements will include the construction of a high aerated lagoon wastewater treatment facility, closure of the old lagoon and installation of a new 8-inch gravity sewer main. These upgrades will greatly enhance the safety and well-being of the citizens of Arbyrd.”

For other examples of USDA investments in rural communities, please visit RD's new interactive web map at 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: To learn more about Earth Day visit

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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