WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) has awarded $250,000 to Gallia County for the construction of an improved sewer collection system in the townships of Green and Gallipolis. Gallia County’s current system allows partially treated wastewater to make its way into local streams. This project, which has also received federal, state, and local funding, will go toward improving water service for 340 households and twelve businesses.
“Strong water and sewer infrastructure is critical to Ohio communities’ ability to be economically competitive,” Brown said. “This funding will help attract jobs and businesses to the area, while cleaning up waterways and improving access to safe and clean water for Green and Gallipolis township residents. I will continue to advocate for resources so that Ohioans in small and rural communities have equal access to clean water.”
ARC supports Ohio and twelve other states across Appalachia to stimulate local economies, provide job training, expand broadband access in rural areas, and support local infrastructure needs. In 2017, after President Trump’s budget proposed eliminating the ARC program entirely, Brown pushed for continued support, and secured $165 million in allocated funds for the program. Brown has spoken out about the importance of ARC and against any cuts to the program.