United States Department
of Agriculture • Rural Development
Contact: Alec Lloyd
USDA Announces $1 Million for Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi
EAST LANSING, Sept. 11, 2012 – U.S. Dept. of Agriculture Rural Development today announced a $1 million grant to upgrade water and sewer service for the Nottawaseppi Huron Band of the Potawatomi, located in Fulton.
“USDA Rural Development has developed a strong relationship with Michigan’s tribal communities and this demonstrates our commitment to help all rural residents,” said State Director for Michigan James J. Turner.
The project was funded through the Section 306C program and builds upon a fiscal year 2009 Department of Housing and Urban Development American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grant of $1 million that brought water and sewer service to five residences. The additional FY 2012 306C $1 million grant and tribal contribution of $1.3 million will fund expansion of water and sewer service to 30 additional residences as well as the tribal government’s buildings.
Currently these facilities are served by an on-site septic system, but the systems serving the health center and community centers have failed. The proposed water project includes 6,900 feet of water main and the sewer project includes 7,700 feet of sanitary sewer with manholes, service leads and restoration, a lift station with standby power, 3 grinder pumps, and the treatment system.
USDA Rural Development State Director for Michigan James J. Turner was appointed by President Barack Obama in 2009. USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure programs through a national network of state and local offices. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America. Rural Development has an existing portfolio of more than $172 billion in loans and loan guarantees. Visit http://www.rurdev.usda.gov for additional information about the agency’s programs or to locate the USDA Rural Development office nearest you.
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