Marquette, MI – (05/29/20) – U.S. Department of Agriculture State Director for Rural Development Jason Allen joined Mark & Walt in the Morning today to talk about a pair of Upper Peninsula projects that have been funded through the agency’s Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant program.
Allen discussed the projects, which are in the City of Houghton featuring a $1,926,000 million loan and a $974,000 grant for water and sewer improvements as part of their Phase Three Plan. The existing sewer is over 100 years old and is in poor condition.
The City of Manistique will also use a $225,000 loan and a $1,034,000 million grant to replace undersized water mains and fix the current sewer system which is currently not in compliance with permitting because of combined sewer overflows.
Allen said the investments will help improve water quality and safety for many rural Michigan residents. They will replace old, fragile systems with new ones and allow upgrades to facilities that are decades old, boosting efficiencies and addressing environmental hazards.
More information about the program can be found at www.rd.usda.gov/mi
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