United States Department
of Agriculture • Rural Development
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AGRICULTURE SECRETARY VILSACK ANNOUNCES RECOVERY ACT WATER SYSTEM IMPROVEMENT PROJECTS TO IMPROVE HEALTH AND SANITATION IN COMMUNITIES IN 19 STATES
WASHINGTON, February 19, 2010 — Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced the funding of 47 projects designed to protect public health by improving water quality and public sanitation services in 19 states. The projects, funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, are expected to provide construction jobs and create infrastructure needed to support community growth.
“These investments in water and wastewater infrastructure will deliver safe drinking water and protect the quality of our environment,” Vilsack said. “A safe, reliable water supply is vital to economic growth and development. Through these projects, we are helping to achieve the Obama Administration’s economic recovery goals to rebuild and revitalize the nation’s infrastructure.”
The loan and grant funding announced today totals $128.1 million. To date, USDA has announced $2.2 billion in Recovery Act funds for water and environmental projects. The Recovery Act was signed into law by President Obama one year ago.
The funding announced today is being administered by USDA Rural Development’s Water and Environmental Program which provides loans and grants to ensure that the necessary investments are made in water and wastewater infrastructure to deliver safe drinking water and protect the environment in rural areas.
Below is a list of Michigan communities receiving funds:
· Gogebic Range Water Authority (Gogebic County): $5,106,000 loan; $3,552,000 grant; water system improvements;
· Village of Bloomingdale (Van Buren County): $1,307,000 loan; $3,918,000 grant; wastewater system improvements;
· Village of Hesperia (Newaygo County): $918,000 loan; $625,000 grant; water system improvements;
· City of Reed City (Osceola County): $3,012,000 loan; wastewater system improvements.
President Obama signed The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 into law on Feb. 17, 2009. It is designed to jumpstart the nation’s economy, create or save millions of jobs, and put a down payment on addressing long-neglected challenges so our country can thrive in the 21st century. The Act includes measures to modernize our nation’s infrastructure, enhance energy independence, expand educational opportunities, preserve and improve affordable health care, provide tax relief, and protect those in greatest need.
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