News Release
Release No.STELPRD4021477
ContactGreg Batson(573) 876-9304
Edina, MO, Apr 25, 2013 --

@@Rural Development State Director Anita J. (Janie) Dunning today announced funding for the City of Edina’s wastewater system. Edina received a Waste Disposal loan of $2,313,000 and a Waste Disposal grant of $1,047,000.

"Earth Day is a worldwide effort to direct attention to the need to preserve natural resources and protect our environment. Announcing funding for projects such as Edina is Missouri Rural Development’s response to this call for action, Dunning said. Rural Development is proud to be able to partner with Edina in its efforts. Having the children involved in celebrating Earth Day was tremendous. Teaching children to appreciate the wonders of our natural world will lead to an appreciation for and wise management of the earth’s resources which is a legacy we can applaud."

Rural Development funds will improve Edina’s centralized wastewater collection and treatment system and will have a positive impact on the environment. This rural community currently serves 560 users. The improvements to this centralized system will allow the City of Edina to meet the new discharge requirements of their permit.

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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