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Release No. 0328.10
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AGRICULTURE SECRETARY VILSACK HIGHLIGHTS SUCCESS OF RECOVERY ACT IN BRINGING WATER SYSTEM INFRASTRUCTURE IMPROVEMENTS TO RURAL COMMUNITIES ACROSS AMERICA

Announces New Projects Provide Jobs and Lay the Foundation for Economic Growth

WASHINGTON, June 18, 2010 - Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today highlighted the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act's (Recovery Act) accomplishments in improving water quality in hundreds of rural communities across the Nation, and announced funding for 25 additional projects in 16 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

"These Recovery Act investments in water and wastewater infrastructure are helping deliver safe drinking water to rural residents and protecting the environment," Vilsack said. "The projects advance the Obama Administration's effort to rebuild the nation's infrastructure, and they are putting Americans to work across the country."

Secretary Vilsack also announced USDA is providing $102 million in Recovery Act funding and other Water and Environmental Program funding for water and wastewater infrastructure projects to protect the environment and improve the health of rural families. To date, USDA has announced $2.67 billion in Recovery Act funds for water and environmental projects, and this summer, over 700 clean USDA water projects will be underway compared to approximately 250 last summer.

The Recovery Act is improving water quality nationwide. For example, $22 million in Recovery Act loans and grants for a new ground water source, pipeline network and groundwater treatment facility in Atchison County in northwest Missouri will improve overall water quality in the county. Three communities and the water district will eliminate their water treatment plants and become a part of the new Atchison County Wholesale Water Commission.

Meanwhile, the town of Sudlersville in Queen Anne's County, Md., was recently selected to receive $6.9 million in Recovery Act loans and grants to construct a new wastewater treatment plant and storage tank and make water system improvements. Also in Maryland, the town of Berlin, located on the Eastern Shore near the Atlantic coast received $11.8 million in Recovery Act loans and grants to improve its wastewater system.

Today, USDA announced a wave of new projects, including that the city of Hancock in Michigan's Upper Peninsula has been selected to receive a $3.7 million Recovery Act loan and $500,000 in regular program funding to replace parts of its aging and deteriorating water system. The original water transmission main was built in 1910 and is experiencing an increasing number of water main breaks and has met its projected life expectancy.

The projects are funded through USDA Rural Development's Water and Environmental Program. Funding of individual recipients is contingent upon their meeting the terms of the loan or grant agreement. Below is a complete list of award recipients announced today:

California

  • The City of Corning: $613,000 loan (ARRA). The funding will be used for water system improvements.

Florida

  • The City of Tavares: $15,805,000 loan (ARRA) and $1,195,000 grant (ARRA). The funding will be used for water and wastewater system improvements.

Iowa

  • Iowa Regional Utilities Association: $2,350,000 loan (ARRA). The funding will be used for water system improvements.
  • The City of Manson: $1,851,000 loan (ARRA). The funding will be used for water system improvements.

Kansas

  • The City of Haven: $3,435,000 loan (ARRA) and $1,472,000 grant (ARRA). The funding will be used for water system improvements.

Michigan

  • The City of Hancock: $3,745,000 loan (ARRA) and $500,000 grant. The funding will be used for water system improvements.

Minnesota

  • The City of Freeport: $1,352,000 loan (ARRA) and $1,165,000 grant. The funding will be used for water and wastewater system improvements.

Mississippi

  • The City of Drew: $438,000 loan (ARRA) and $1,713,030 grant. The funding will be used for water and wastewater system improvements.

Nebraska

  • The Village of Anselmo: $306,000 loan (ARRA). The funding will be used for water system improvements.
  • The Village of Creston: $498,000 loan (ARRA) and $790,000 grant. The funding will be used for wastewater system improvements.
  • Village of Ohiowa $289,000 loan (ARRA) and $299,000 grant. The funding will be used for wastewater system improvements.
  • The City of Pawnee City: $978,000 loan (ARRA) and $2,635,400 grant (ARRA). The funding will be used for wastewater system improvements.

New Jersey

  • Lower Township MUA: $8,167,000 loan (ARRA) and $2,686,000 grant. The funding will be used for water system improvements.

North Carolina

  • The Town of Columbia: $2,200,000 loan (ARRA) and $2,633,000 grant. The funding will be used for wastewater system improvements.

North Dakota

  • McKenzie System II Phase II: $2,191,000 loan (ARRA). The funding will be used for water system improvements.
  • Three Affiliated Tribes: $3,652,000 loan (ARRA) and $1,165,000 grant. The funding will be used for water system improvements.

Puerto Rico

  • PR Aqueduct 17: $6,031,000 loan (ARRA) and $2,961,000 grant (ARRA). The funding will be used for wastewater system improvements.

Tennessee

  • Lincoln County: $4,827,000 loan (ARRA) and $1,811,000 grant (ARRA). The funding will be used for water system improvements.

Texas

  • G & W WSC: $4,992,500 loan (ARRA). The funding will be used for water system improvements.
  • Green Springs WSC: $1,310,000 loan (ARRA). The funding will be used for water system improvements.
  • The City of Roma: $3,571,000 loan (ARRA) and $2,752,000 grant (ARRA). The funding will be used for wastewater system improvements.

Virginia

  • The Town of St. Paul: $1,810,000 loan (ARRA) and $4,048,000 grant. The funding will be used for wastewater system improvements.

Washington

  • Lummi Nation: $11,505,000 loan (ARRA) and $45,000 grant (ARRA). The funding will be used for wastewater system improvements.

Wisconsin

  • The Village of Cadott: $4,472,000 loan (ARRA) and $2,158,000 grant. The funding will be used for wastewater system improvements.
  • The City of Nekoosa: $2,470,000 loan (ARRA) and $607,400 grant. The funding will be used for 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.

More information about USDA's Recovery Act efforts is available at www.usda.gov/recovery.. More information about the Federal government's efforts on the Recovery Act is available at www.recovery.gov.

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