Calhoun, MO, Jan 29, 2014 -- USDA Rural Development Assistant to the State Director Tim Rickabaugh, on behalf of Rural Development State Director Janie Dunning, today announced funding for the City of Calhoun. Rural Development approved Water and Waste Water Loans in the amounts of $573,000 and $105,000 and a Water and Waste Water Grant of $201,000.
"Most of us do not think about wastewater treatment. We are content with knowing the wastewater leaves our house through a drain never to, hopefully, surface again. But, proper treatment of waste water is extremenly important for our communities and the environment,” Dunning said. “Absent adequate and appropriate treatment, wastewater can be damaging to us and our surroundings. Proper handling of wastewater is critical to community health. Calhoun understands the need to treat wastewater in order to protect both the city’s residents and the environment."
Rural Development funds will be used to install a new influent pump station and an extended aeration activated sludge plant with ultraviolet disinfection. This will result in the closure of the existing sewage lagoon. The upgrade will serve all 491 residents of Calhoun.
U.S. Representative Vicky Hartlzler said, “I am pleased that USDA Rural Development funding is being used to provide better wastewater treatment for the citizens of Calhoun. I join the close to 500 citizens who stand to benefit in welcoming this improvement.”
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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