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USDA Invests $18.1 Million to Support Eastern Idaho Waste District Project

Jamie Welch Jaro
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BOISE, Idaho, Nov. 2, 2022 – USDA Rural Development Idaho State Director Rudy Soto today announced that the Department is providing $18.1 million in loan for the Eastern Idaho Regional Solid Waste District to construct a landfill facility east of Rexburg.

“We are pleased to support the rural communities of Eastern Idaho in the District’s efforts to solve long-term solid waste needs,” Soto said. “The project will be a model of rural collaboration that other areas of Idaho can follow.”

Eastern Idaho Regional Solid Waste District will help develop and construct a municipal solid waste landfill for four eastern Idaho counties. This project will provide a long-term solution to manage solid waste as efficiently and cost effectively as possible to prepare for population growth over the next 50 years. Current and future residents of Madison, Fremont, Clark, and Teton counties of Idaho will benefit from this essential project.

The District will complete the project using both USDA funding, and grant dollars from the American Rescue Plan Act through the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality.

This project is funded through USDA Rural Development’s Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program. This program 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.

USDA 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/id.

USDA touches the lives of all Americans each day in so many positive ways. In the Biden-Harris Administration, USDA is transforming America’s food system with a greater focus on more resilient local and regional food production, fairer markets for all producers, ensuring access to safe, healthy and nutritious food in all communities, building new markets and streams of income for farmers and producers using climate-smart food and forestry practices, making historic investments in infrastructure and clean-energy capabilities in rural America, and committing to equity across the Department by removing systemic barriers and building a workforce more representative of America. To learn more, visit www.usda.gov.