MN - USDA Announces $141 Mil. for Community InfrastructureThe USDA has announced it will provide $141 million in financial assistance towards infrastructure projects for Minnesota.
USDA Announces $141 Mil. for Community Infrastructure
Agriculture Secretary Ann M. Veneman has was joined at the State Capital by community leaders from several rural Minnesota communities for an announcement of over $17.3 million in grants and low-interest loans to assist with basic community water and wastewater infrastructure in Minnesota. The newly announced USDA Rural Development funds are part of the overall infrastructure investment of $141 million by the Bush Administration to help rural Minnesota communities and residents increase their economic opportunity and improve their overall quality of life.
Funds announced today include $6,643,800 in grants and $10,692,300 in loans. For the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, $3.55 million in loan and grant funds will assist in the consolidation of the community’s various water systems, creating a more efficient single-system. The City of Bird Island has been approved for a $3.39 million loan to separate the existing sewer/storm water distribution system to ease the demand on the existing sewage treatment ponds. In other Minnesota communities, funds will allow for drilling of new water wells, construct sewage treatment facilities, upgrade existing infrastructure and address other community health and safety needs.
In addition to the newly announced funds, Veneman highlighted other recent funding announcements, including funds for the Garrison Kathio/West Mille Lacs Sanitary Sewer District who recently received $4,000,000 in loans and grants to construct a sanitary sewer collection system along the west side of Mille Lacs Lake. The new system will benefit approximately 2,400 local residents and help meet system demands created by the large volume of tourism traffic during peak fishing seasons.
Since the beginning of the Bush Administration, USDA Rural Development has nationally funded $5.4 billion in loans and grants to assist communities in the construction or improvement of over 3,578 water or wastewater systems. The investment has benefited more than 2.7 million people living in rural areas. In Minnesota, USDA Rural Development invested over $141 million to support building and renovating rural community infrastructure, benefiting nearly 66,000 rural Minnesotans. 2004, AgWeb