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STEVENS POINT, Wis., Oct. 17, 2019 – U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development State Director Frank Frassetto announced that USDA is investing $201 million to improve rural water infrastructure in 31 states.
“Safe and reliable water infrastructure is critical to the health, safety and economic vitality of rural Wisconsin,” Frassetto said. “USDA is committed to partnering with rural communities to help them build and repair their infrastructure that allows local recourses to be used elsewhere to release their economic potential. Because when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”
USDA is providing the funding through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program. 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 with 10,000 or fewer residents.
USDA is announcing investments today in Alabama, Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Maine, Michigan, Missouri, Mississippi, Montana, North Carolina, North Dakota, Nebraska, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Oklahoma, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, and Wyoming.
Wisconsin USDA Rural Development awarded $58.2 million for Water and Environmental Program loans and grants during fiscal year 2019. View the interactive RD Apply tool or contact our state office for an application or eligibility information.
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. In addition, to view the categories of the recommendations, please view the Rural Prosperity infographic.
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/wi.