Morgantown, WV, Jul 31, 2013 -- State Director Bobby Lewis announced that USDA Rural Development approved a Solid Waste Management Grant of $115,000 for the Marion County Solid Waste Authority, Marion County, WV.
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.
Rural Development funds will be used to assist in developing and implementing an educational disposal program for common toxins, including medications, found in rural Marion and Taylor Counties. The program will educate the region's residents on the potentially harmful effects these materials have on the immediate environment and on shared water resources.
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.