Plattsburg, MO, Jan 07, 2014 -- USDA Rural Development State Director Janie Dunning today celebrated the completion of the City of Plattsburg’s water project. The project is providing clean water to Plattsburg’s 2,354 residents and to 3,166 residents outside the city.
"Rural Development has been challenged to think regionally when looking for solutions of local problems. The reason is our resources, like many federal and state agencies, are decreasing, especially grant funds,” Dunning said. “This project is a wonderful example of a regional approach. The City of Plattsburg has solved the internal demand for water and is willing to assist external entities respond to the same demand. Such foresight allows the city to receive revenue for selling water and expand the funds. We all know the importance of water to our communities and lives, but responsible use of resouces in providing that water is a bonus and should be copied."
Rural Development approved Water and Waste Water Loans of $4,300,000 and $700,000 and a Water and Waste Water Grant of $1,000,000. Rural Development funds were used to expand and improve a treatment plan and install water transmission lines. In addition to supplying water to the residents of Plattsburg, the project is supplying water to residents of Clinton County PWSD #1, Clinton County PWSD #4, Caldwell County PWSD #3 and the City of Edgerton.
Congressman Sam Graves commented, “The funding provided through USDA Rural Development programs is vital to Missouri. This project will improve the standard of living for the residents of Plattsburg and surrounding communities. I look forward to working with USDA staff to continue this important investment in North Missouri.”
Water and Waste Water Grant and Loan Programs assist in the development of water and waste disposal systems in rural areas and towns with a population not in excess of 10,000. The funds are available to public bodies, non-profit corporations and Indian tribes.
This use of USDA Rural Development funding is another reminder of the importance of USDA programs from rural America. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack stresses that a comprehensive new Food, Farm and Jobs Bill would further expand the rural economy. He said that’s just one reason why Congress must get a comprehensive Food, Farm and Jobs Bill done as soon as possible.
For other examples of USDA investments in rural communities, please visit RD's interactive web map at http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/RDSuccessStories.html. The map features program funding and success stories for fiscal years 2009-2012. For further information about Rural Development programs in Missouri visit the website at: http://www.rurdev.usda.gov/mo.
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.
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