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Iowa among states to receive funds from USDA for rural water and wastewater infrastructure improvements

This news story was published on May 28, 2020.
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WASHINGTON – The USDA announced this week that Iowa is among states to receive federal funds for rural water and wastewater infrastructure improvements.

U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand this week said that the department is investing $281 million in 106 projects to improve water and wastewater infrastructure in rural communities in 36 states and Puerto Rico. USDA is funding the projects through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program.

“These investments will bring modern, reliable water and wastewater infrastructure to rural communities. They will replace deteriorating, leaking water pipes with new ones and upgrade water handling systems that are decades old. These investments create jobs and improve public health and safety for our rural neighbors,” Brand said. “Under the leadership of President Trump and Agriculture Secretary Perdue, USDA is committed to partnering with rural communities to help them improve their infrastructure, because when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”

USDA is funding projects in 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.

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.

Below are examples in Iowa of water and wastewater projects in rural communities that will receive funding:

City of Griswold $419,000 (loan) used to construct two pipeline segments

City of North English $4,990,000 (loan) and $2,661,000 (grant) wastewater system upgrades and replacement of deteriorating service lines

City of Lewis $100,000 (loan) and $100,000 (grant) water treatment plant updates

Gowrie Municipal Utilities $500,000 (loan) rehab city wells

Malvern City $400,000 (loan) improve municipal water system

In April 2017 the Interagency Task Force on Agriculture and Rural Prosperity was formed 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.

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    mint Reply Report comment

    May 30, 2020 at 7:03 am

    Get rid of CAFOS, synthetic herbicides, pesticides, insecticides, round up, plant crops that restore the soil, start there the top soil is almost gone, the soil, ground, creeks, rivers are ruined only truth can fix the environment that has been allowed to be destroyed not $. My view