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Town of Palisade Receives $22.1 Million Investment for Critical Infrastructure

Amy Mund
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 USDA Rural Development Colorado State Director Armando Valdez announced the United States Department of Agriculture is investing $22,145,000 to make critical wastewater infrastructure improvements in Town of Palisade, CO in recognition of Earth Week 2023,

““Rural America’s success is critical to the success of the rest of the country and the world. When we invest in projects that provide long-term solutions for the environment and invest in critical infrastructure in Colorado’s rural communities, we create a ripple effect that benefits everyone," said Valdez.

The funding provided allows the Town of Palisade to update their wastewater system by installing a new sewer transfer line and lift station to transport wastewater to the nearby Clifton Sanitation District. This will help the town reduce their operating costs and avoid having to install its own mechanical wastewater treatment facility.

"Once this project is completed, the residents in Palisade will have reliable wastewater service without the financial burden of their own dedicated treatment plant while still ensuring capacity for anticipated future growth," said Valdez. “The system is innovative and demonstrates the possibilities of partnerships between neighboring communities. As we celebrate Earth Week, we acknowledge water as one of the most critical and essential resources on our planet. I commend the leadership of the Town of Palisade for their efforts to enhance water management in their community.”

USDA supports rural economic development by providing financing for water and waste infrastructure through RD’s Water and Environmental Programs. This project is being funded through USDA Rural Development's Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program which  provides funding for clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disposal, and storm water drainage to households and businesses in eligible rural areas.

Under the Biden-Harris Administration, Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities, create jobs and improve the quality of life for millions of Americans in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural, Tribal and high-poverty areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov/co.