USDA Rural Development celebrates Earth Day by promoting water quality
As part of USDA’s Earth Day celebration, Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack announced support for projects that will improve water and wastewater services for rural Americans and benefit the environment across the country.
“At USDA, we believe it is critical that communities across the country have reliable, clean and safe water,” Vilsack said. “This Earth Day, I also encourage communities affected by natural disasters, including those hit hard by Hurricane Sandy, to apply for funding through the Emergency Community Water Assistance Grants Program.”
In all, USDA will provide more than $145.2 million to improve water quality and provide a safe and healthy environment for rural Americans today in 32 states. Since 2009, Rural Development has invested over $58 million in water projects in Colorado statewide.
Earth Day is observed annually on April 22 to raise awareness about the role each person can play to protect vital natural resources and safeguard the environment. Since the first Earth Day celebration in 1970, the event has expanded to include participation by citizens and governments in more than 195 countries.
Rural Development’s Water and Environmental Program is the only federal program exclusively dedicated to serving the needs of small rural areas. Rural water systems play a key role in growth and prosperity for these communities.
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