Riverton, Nebraska, Aug 21, 2013 -- USDA Rural Development will provide the Village of Riverton with $7,500 to allow it to enlist an engineer to research and prepare a Preliminary Engineering Report (PER) for Riverton’s public water system. Leveraged funds of $24,000 from a Community Development Block Grant will be utilized. 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.
“We sincerely appreciate USDA Rural Development's help in this project. With their help we can make improvements to our water system to help us better serve our community,” said Chairperson Mike Lammers, Village of Riverton.
“The PER will reveal the most cost effective way to identify and correct issues with the Village’s water system,” said Community Programs Specialist Roberta Mues, USDA Rural Development.
USDA Rural Development funds were provided through its Special Evaluation Assistance for Rural Communities and Households (SEARCH) program. For more information contact Roberta Mues at (308) 237-3118 ext. 1128 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/NEHome.html.
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