U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development State Director for South Dakota Julie Gross today announced that the department is investing $1,802,000 for wastewater system upgrades in the City of Lemmon. USDA is funding the project through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program.
“Having an up-to-date sanitary sewer system is very important to the livelihood of any community,” said Gross. “The City of Lemmon is taking steps to make improvements to their wastewater treatment system for long term use. This system will improve the quality of life for members of the community. USDA is committed to partnering with rural communities to help improve their infrastructure, because when rural America thrives, all America thrives.”
Eligible applicants include rural cities, towns, and water districts. The funds can be used for drinking water, stormwater drainage and waste disposal systems in rural communities that meet population limits.
The City of Lemmon will use the federal funding to repair their existing sewer system. The intent is to reline the existing sewer lines with Cured-in-Place-Pipe. Manholes and pipe that are beyond repair will be completely replaced. This project is a proactive approach to repairing the aging sewer collection system. The project will benefit 1,227 residents.
Today’s announcement is part of a larger statement from USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand who announced that USDA is investing $281 million in 106 projects to improve water and wastewater infrastructure in rural communities in 36 states including Alabama, Arkansas, California, Colorado, Georgia, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, Nebraska, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, Ohio, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, Wisconsin and Wyoming and Puerto Rico.
In April 2017, President Donald J. Trump established the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity to identify legislative, regulatory and policy changes that could promote agriculture and prosperity in rural communities. In January 2018, Secretary Perdue presented the Task Force’s findings to President Trump. These findings included 31 recommendations to align the federal government with state, local and tribal governments to take advantage of opportunities that exist in rural America. Increasing investments in rural infrastructure is a key recommendation of the task force.
To view the report in its entirety, please view the Report to the President of the United States from the Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity (PDF, 5.4 MB). In addition, to view the categories of the recommendations, please view the Rural Prosperity infographic (PDF, 190 KB).
USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs 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 areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov.
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