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USDA Funds $5.4 Million for Michigan Infrastructure

USDA Funds $5.4 Million for Michigan Infrastructure


By Andi Anderson

The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has announced $5.4 million in loans and grants to enhance water and sewer systems in three rural Michigan communities. USDA Rural Development State Director for Michigan, Brandon Fewins, highlighted the impact of these funds on improving infrastructure and providing clean drinking water to residents across the state.

The funding consists of $3,824,000 in loans and a $1,620,000 grant, totaling $5,444,000. The communities benefiting from this initiative are the Village of Thompsonville, the City of Reading, and Republic Township.

  • Village of Thompsonville, Benzie County: Receiving a $244,000 loan, Thompsonville will complete water system improvements, including replacing two wells and 4,850 linear feet of distribution lines. This project will add new users, increase capacity, and ensure compliance with the Michigan Safe Drinking Water Act.
  • City of Reading, Hillsdale County: With a $2.2 million loan, Reading will replace undersized watermains and valves, install new service lines, and improve fire protection. The project will also enhance streets, sidewalks, and curbs, boosting pedestrian safety and emergency vehicle access.
  • Republic Township, Marquette County: Republic Township will use a $1,380,000 loan and a $1,620,000 grant to expand water treatment capacity, replace hydrants, and improve watermains and valves. These updates will ensure a safer, uninterrupted water supply and efficient fire protection.

Director Fewins emphasized the USDA's commitment to protecting the environment and enhancing infrastructure from Lake Superior to the Ohio border. These investments align with the USDA's broader mission under the Biden-Harris Administration to promote resilient local food systems, fair markets, and climate-smart practices, while ensuring access to safe, nutritious food.

For more information about USDA programs and initiatives, visit the USDA website.

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