The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development has awarded the City of Rhinelander funding for the City’s downtown sewer improvement project. In addition, USDA Rural Development has selected the City of Rhinelander as a 2014 National Earth Day Project Community.
USDA Rural Development joined City Leaders to officially announce that the agency has awarded the City of Rhinelander a total of $3,754,000 in a federal grant and loan combination to upgrade and rehabilitate the current sewer and storm water systems.
The announcement included an award presentation by USDA Rural Development State Director Stan Gruszynski to Mayor Richard Johns.
The Award recognizes the City’s initiative and leadership toward improving the services for area residents and preventing contamination to the headwaters of the Wisconsin River.
“Earth Day serves as our reminder that we are responsible for protecting and preserving the environment and natural resources for those generations to come. Today’s celebration acknowledges the initiative and leadership of the city of Rhinelander for making the investments critical to a safer, healthier, more prosperous and sustainable future for the citizens of the Rhinelander area,” said Gruszynski. “Improvements to the City’s waste collection system is critical to expansion and growth. These sorts of investments create jobs, protect health, inspire a greater sense of community, and make sense! On this Earth Day occasion, USDA Rural Development is proud to be a partner with the citizens of Rhinelander.”
Through this project, the City of Rhinelander will improve sewer services for the community. The project will provide for the separation of the existing combined sanitary and storm water sewers in the downtown city area. The project will address the aged, deteriorated, combined sewer and manholes; eliminate the potential for sanitary sewer backups; allow for both sewer systems to be constructed to proper engineering standards; and meet the City policy and State sewer separation standards. The separation of the sanitary and storm sewers will also help to prevent the bypass of raw sewage into the headwaters of the Wisconsin River.
Funding for each project is contingent upon the recipient meeting the terms of the loan, grant or loan/grant agreement.
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