USDA Uses $117.3 M in Stimulus for Rural Water Projects

U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack recently announced the selection of $117.3 million in water and environmental project loans and grants that are being funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

"Recovery Act projects are helping rural communities of all sizes build a foundation for economic strength, future prosperity, and a healthy environment," said Vilsack. "The 31 water and wastewater projects … are helping to achieve the Obama Administration's economic recovery goals to rebuild and revitalize the nation's infrastructure while creating or retaining jobs."

Altogether, USDA has announced $1.96 billion for water and environmental project loans and grants, benefiting people throughout the country.

The ARRA funding is being administered by USDA Rural Development's Water and Environmental Program, which provides loans and grants to ensure that the necessary investments are made in water and wastewater infrastructure to deliver safe drinking water and protect the environment in rural areas.

Funding of individual recipients is contingent upon their meeting the terms of the loan or grant agreement. The 17 states awarded are Arkansas, California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Montana, New Hampshire, New York, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, and Vermont.

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