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Wisconsin to Receive $6.2 Million in USDA Water System Assistance

Friday, April 23rd, 2010 at 5:21 am

MADISON – Governor Jim Doyle announced today that the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has provided nearly $6.2 million in grants and loans to help the Village of Solon Springs and the Village of Stetsonville upgrade their wastewater and water systems. Most of the funding for the projects will come through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

“On the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, I am proud to say this new funding will help deliver safe drinking water and protect the environment in Solon Springs and Stetsonville,” Governor Doyle said. “These investments will also create good-paying jobs and improve our infrastructure. I want to thank Congressman Dave Obey, as well as Secretary Vilsack and the Obama Administration for helping make these improvements possible.”

Through the project awards announced today, the Village of Solon Springs will receive a $727,000 grant and a $1,541,000 Recovery Act loan for wastewater system improvements. The Village of Stetsonville will receive a $665,000 Recovery Act grant and a $2,109,000 Recovery Act loan for water system improvements. Stetsonville will also receive a $489,000 Recovery Act grant (ARRA) and a $629,000 Recovery Act loan for wastewater system improvements.

The Recovery Act has helped every state, including Wisconsin, deal with the most difficult national economic times since the Great Depression, while paving the way for future economic growth.  In Wisconsin, the Recovery Act has been credited with creating or retaining more than 44,000 jobs.

Since the program was created, Wisconsin has overseen nearly $1.1 billion in Recovery Act expenditures. Major projects in Wisconsin have included road construction projects, major water infrastructure, and a new high speed rail line that will create thousands of jobs and benefit the state’s economy for generations. Under Governor Doyle’s leadership, Wisconsin is also the only state to direct 100 percent of the Recovery Act’s state energy funds to help the state’s largest manufacturers find savings through energy efficiency and create jobs.

The $268.5 million in loan and grant funding announced today is being provided by USDA Rural Development. The assistance will support 69 projects in 36 states through the Recovery Act and other Water and Environmental Program funding.  In addition, nearly $23 million is being provided for technical assistance training through the USDA’s Technical Assistance and Solid Waste Management programs.

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