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USDA Invests $2.5M in UP for Water and Sewer Enhancements
Michigan Ag Connection - 02/29/2024

Michigan's infrastructure, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) is allocating $2,575,000 in loans and grants for water and sewer improvements in two Upper Peninsula communities.

Brandon Fewins, USDA Rural Development State Director for Michigan, announced the funding, emphasizing its role in enhancing safeguards and fortifying infrastructure. He stated, “These are generational investments that will pay dividends for decades to come.”

The Village of Baraga in Baraga County will receive a $1,272,880 loan and a $727,120 grant to advance the third phase of water system improvements. This transformative project aims to address health and sanitary concerns, ensuring a safer and more reliable water supply for the community.

In Gogebic County, the City of Wakefield will benefit from a $575,000 loan to enhance its water distribution system. The project's objectives include improving fire flows, water main transmission capacity, and upgrading deficient and aging water infrastructure. These improvements are designed to significantly enhance system reliability and ensure compliance with environmental regulations.

The USDA is facilitating these projects through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program. This initiative supports state and local governments, private nonprofits, and federally recognized Tribes in building and enhancing rural wastewater systems. The funding plays a crucial role in expanding access to clean and reliable drinking water, sanitary waste disposal, and stormwater drainage in rural communities.

This investment underscores the USDA's commitment to long-term community well-being and sustainable infrastructure in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. The projects are expected to yield enduring benefits, reinforcing the resilience and vitality of these communities for future generations.


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