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Agriculture Secretary Vilsack Announces Recovery Act Funding To Improve Water System Infrastructure, Health and Sanitation in Rural Communities

BERLIN, Md. – Sept. 20, 2010-Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced funding for 89 projects to protect public health and the environment by improving water quality and public sanitation services in 32 states and the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. Vilsack made the national announcement while touring a water system improvement project funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act).

"Investments in water and wastewater projects like this one in Berlin will help deliver safe drinking water and protect the environment throughout rural America," Vilsack said. "These projects advance the Obama Administration's economic recovery goals to provide reliable services in rural America. They create jobs and will support more job creation by supporting economic development initiatives."

Vilsack toured the waste water treatment plant at a ceremony in Berlin – a small rural community on Maryland's eastern shore. The town received an $11.8 million award Recovery Act award in September, 2009 to upgrade its wastewater treatment facility. Celebrations like today's in Berlin will continue across the country as hundreds of Recovery Act projects continue to bring economic development opportunities to local communities.

Secretary Vilsack said today's announcement provides $445.3 million for 89 water and wastewater infrastructure projects in local communities through the Recovery Act. Two of the projects announced today are also in Maryland and total about $20 million. To date, USDA has announced $3.26 billion in Recovery Act funds for 884 water and environmental projects across the nation.

For example, in rural South Carolina, Orangeburg County has been selected to receive a $2.8 million loan and a $2.5 million grant to provide drinking water to more than 200 customers who currently do not have public water service. The project includes the construction of more than 20 miles of water mains and two 300,000 gallon elevated storage tanks, as well as the construction of approximately 14 miles of water main, valves, and fire hydrants.

In rural Minnesota, the city of Morton has been selected to receive a $1.5 million loan and a $953,000 grant to replace a sewer main, upgrade the main lift station, and improve the wastewater treatment facility. These improvements will eliminate high levels of infiltration and inflow, and prevent wastewater being bypassed to the Minnesota River. This funding will eliminate a threat to the public health and environment.

In rural Kentucky, the Sharpsburg Water District serves Nicholas and Bath Counties and has been selected to receive a $642,000 loan and a $345,600 grant to replace service tubing and meters for approximately 300 customers. They will also install new waterlines in order to correct numerous water leaks in the existing distribution system and ensure an adequate water supply for 1,456 existing customers in Bath County. Bath County is one of Kentucky's persistent poverty counties and part of the Appalachian Chain.

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, by state:

Arkansas

  • Baxter-Marion Rural Water Association No. 1: $3,757,000 loan and $3,873,000 grant. The funding will be used for water system improvements.
  • The City of Corning: $4,680,000 loan and $3,000,000 grant. The funding will be used for water system improvements.
  • Miller County Public Water Authority: $2,452,000 loan and $2,137,000 grant. The funding will be used for water system improvements.

California

  • The City of Coachella: $5,000,000 loan. The funding will be used for wastewater system improvements.

Colorado

  • The Town of Wiggins: $3,327,000 loan and $2,252,000 grant. The funding will be used for water system improvements.

Florida

  • Big Bend Water Authority: $875,000 loan and $2,451,860 grant. The funding will be used for wastewater system improvements.

Iowa

  • The City of Woden: $906,000 loan and $922,000 grant. The funding will be used for wastewater system improvements.
  • The City of Alta: $3,412,000 loan. The funding will be used for wastewater system improvements.

Idaho

  • The City of Middleton: $2,800,000 loan and $2,000,000 grant. The funding will be used for wastewater system improvements.
  • The City of Lava Hot Springs: $3,400,000 loan and $1,306,000 grant. The funding will be used for wastewater system improvements.

Illinois

  • Clay County Water, Inc.: $1,300,000 loan and $1,458,000 grant. The funding will be used for water system improvements.

Indiana

  • Delaware County RWD: $307,000 loan and $742,000 grant. The funding will be used for wastewater system improvements.

Kansas

  • Rooks County RWD #3: $942,000 loan and $843,000 grant. The funding will be used for water system improvements.

Kentucky

  • Hyden-Leslie County Water District: $1,956,000 loan and $1,100,000 grant. The funding will be used for water system improvements.
  • Martin County Sanitation District: $485,000 loan and $208,200 grant. The funding will be used for wastewater system improvements.
  • The City of Monticello: $6,472,000 loan and $2,774,000 grant. The funding will be used for water system improvements.
  • Sharpsburg Water District: $642,000 loan and $345,600 grant. The funding will be used for water system improvements.

Maine

  • Northport Village Corporation: $159,874 loan and $440,126 grant. The funding will be used for wastewater system improvements.

Maryland

  • Rising Sun Commissioner: $13,098,500 loan. The funding will be used for wastewater system improvements.
  • The Town of Emmitsburg: $5,419,000 loan and $1,501,000 grant. The funding will be used for wastewater system improvements.

Massachusetts

  • Manchaug Water District: $320,000 grant. The funding will be used for water system improvements.

Michigan

  • Breckenridge Village Of: $4,903,000 loan and $1,497,000 grant. The funding will be used for wastewater system improvements.
  • The City of Manistique: $3,064,000 loan and $936,000 grant. The funding will be used for water system improvements.
  • Saginaw County (Kochville Twp): $2,468,000 loan. The funding will be used for wastewater system improvements.

Minnesota

  • The City of Kinney: $68,000 loan and $182,000 grant. The funding will be used for water system improvements.
  • The City of Holdingford: $3,874,000 loan and $577,000 grant. The funding will be used for water and wastewater system improvements.
  • The City of Lafayette: $2,329,000 loan and $1,472,000 grant. The funding will be used for water and wastewater system improvements.
  • The City of Morton: $1,537,000 loan and $953,000 grant. The funding will be used for wastewater system improvements.
  • The City of Pipestone: $4,532,000 loan. The funding will be used for wastewater system improvements.

Missouri

  • City of Irondale: $754,000 loan and $839,500 grant. The funding will be used for water system improvements.
  • Gravois Arm Sewer District: $5,009,000 loan and $2,064,000 grant. The funding will be used for wastewater system improvements.
  • Harrison PWSD #2: $3,000,000 loan. The funding will be used for water system improvements.
  • The City of Lexington: $3,005,000 loan. The funding will be used for water system improvements.

Montana

  • The Town of Sheridan: $2,846,000 loan and $2,549,000 grant. The funding will be used for wastewater system improvements.

New Hampshire

  • Deanbrook Village Cooperative: $299,000 loan and $634,000 grant. The funding will be used for water and wastewater system improvements.

New Jersey

  • Borough of Paulsboro of: $2,835,000 loan and $1,502,000 grant. The funding will be used for water system improvements.
  • Woodstown Sewerage Authority: $2,346,000 loan and $1,254,000 grant. The funding will be used for wastewater system improvements.

New York

  • The Town of Cortlandville: $1,058,000 loan and $1,372,000 grant. The funding will be used for water system improvements.
  • The Town of Scriba: $871,000 loan and $179,500 grant. The funding will be used for water system improvements.
  • The Village of Ilion: $6,267,000 loan. The funding will be used for water system improvements.
  • The Village of Walton: $3,570,000 loan and $479,000 grant. The funding will be used for water system improvements.

North Carolina

  • Duplin County: $646,000 loan and $936,000 grant. The funding will be used for wastewater system improvements.
  • Martin County Regional WASA: $18,170,000 loan and $2,804,000 grant. The funding will be used for water system improvements.
  • The Town of Edenton: $335,000 loan. The funding will be used for water system improvements.
  • Bladen County Water District: $7,170,000 loan. The funding will be used for water system improvements.
  • Town of Warsaw: $1,394,000 loan and $593,000 grant. The funding will be used for wastewater system improvements.
  • Tunis Sewer District: $307,000 loan and $1,255,000 grant. The funding will be used for wastewater system improvements.

Oklahoma

  • Grady County Rural Water, SSWMD #6: $12,539,000 loan. The funding will be used for water system improvements.

Oregon

  • The City of Sutherlin: $4,601,000 loan and $2,739,450 grant. The funding will be used for water system improvements.
  • Veneta Pipeline Project: $13,033,000 loan and $2,649,000 grant. The funding will be used for water system improvements.

Pennsylvania

  • Hempfield Township Municipal Authority: $8,156,000 loan. The funding will be used for wastewater system improvements.
  • Municipal Authority of Buffalo Township: $6,031,000 loan. The funding will be used for water system improvements.
  • Shamokin-Coal Township: $17,640,000 loan. The funding will be used for wastewater system improvements.
  • Washington Township: $5,466,300 loan. The funding will be used for wastewater system improvements.
  • Milton Regional Sewer Authority: $34,132,400 loan. The funding will be used for wastewater system improvements.
  • Oxford Area Sewer Authority: $27,000,000 loan. The funding will be used for wastewater system improvements.
  • West Branch Sewer Authority: $3,913,000 loan and $3,545,500 grant. The funding will be used for wastewater system improvements.

Puerto Rico

  • Puerto Rico Aqueduct and Sewer Authority: $3,364,000 loan and $769,000 grant. The funding will be used for wastewater system improvements.

South Carolina

  • Orangeburg County: $2,830,000 loan and $2,571,000 grant. The funding will be used for water system improvements.
  • The Town of Turbeville: $4,990,000 loan and $575,700 grant. The funding will be used for water system improvements.
  • The Town of Bowman: $2,720,000 loan and $2,363,000 grant. The funding will be used for water system improvements.
  • The Town of Kingstree: $10,772,500 loan. The funding will be used for water and wastewater system improvements.
  • Orangeburg County: $820,000 loan and $632,400 grant. The funding will be used for water system improvements.
  • Williamsburg County: $298,000 loan and $278,300 grant. The funding will be used for wastewater system improvements.

South Dakota

  • The Town of Ashton: $238,000 loan and $58,000 grant. The funding will be used for wastewater system improvements.
  • The Town of Cavour: $61,000 loan and $49,000 grant. The funding will be used for water system improvements.
  • The City of Clark: $365,000 loan and $136,000 grant. The funding will be used for wastewater system improvements.
  • Sisseton Wahpeton Sioux Tribe: $122,000 loan and $328,000 grant. The funding will be used for water and wastewater system improvements.

Tennessee

  • The City of Celina: $110,000 loan and $359,800 grant. The funding will be used for water system improvements.
  • The Town of Henry: $310,000 grant. The funding will be used for wastewater system improvements.
  • Northwest Clay UD Water Treatment Plant: $1,704,000 loan and $696,000 grant. The funding will be used for water system improvements.
  • The Town of Oneida: $985,000 loan and $375,000 grant. The funding will be used for water system improvements.
  • The City of Rockwood: $697,000 loan and $253,000 grant. The funding will be used for wastewater system improvements.

Texas

  • Stephens Regional Special Utility District: $2,305,000 loan. The funding will be used for water system improvements.
  • Sharyland WSC: $18,580,000 loan and $3,451,000 grant. The funding will be used for water system improvements.

Virginia

  • Dickenson County PSA: $273,000 loan and $600,000 grant. The funding will be used for water system improvements.
  • Wise County PSA: $1,400,000 loan and $1,648,000 grant. The funding will be used for water system improvements.
  • The City of Emporia: $10,837,000 loan. The funding will be used for water system improvements.
  • The Town of Marion: $606,000 loan. The funding will be used for wastewater system improvements.
  • Maury Service Authority: $7,957,000 loan. The funding will be used for water system improvements.
  • The Town of Pearisburg: $1,843,000 loan. The funding will be used for water and wastewater system improvements.

Washington

  • Hartstene Pointe Water Sewer District: $738,000 loan. The funding will be used for water system improvements.
  • The City of Carnation: $2,812,064 loan. The funding will be used for water system improvements.
  • Harris Custer Estates Water Association: $746,000 loan. The funding will be used for water system improvements.
  • City of Shelton: $7,546,000 loan. The funding will be used for wastewater system improvements.
  • Wollochet Harbor Club Inc: $1,962,000 loan. The funding will be used for water system improvements.

Wisconsin

  • Elcho Sanitary District No. 1: $596,000 loan and $571,000 grant. The funding will be used for water system improvement.
  • The Village of Rudolph: $1,313,000 loan and $1,022,000 grant. The funding will be used for wastewater system improvements.

West Virginia

  • Norton-Harding-Jimtown PSD: $3,500,000 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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