WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s (USDA) Rural Development program has awarded a grant and loan combination of $5,000,000 to the Clermont County Commissioners in southern Ohio. The funds will be used to offset costs associated with constructing a new wastewater treatment system that will serve residents in Newtonsville and the Little Miami Watershed region.

“Strong water and sewer infrastructure is critical to Ohio communities’ ability to be economically competitive,” Brown said. “This funding will improve access to safe and clean water for residents of Clermont County. I will continue to advocate for resources so that Ohioans in small and rural communities have equal access to clean water.”

USDA’s Rural Development program provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas by supporting infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas.

Brown has been a leader for Ohio’s rural communities, successfully securing a number of provisions that are important to Ohio farmers in the 2018 Farm Bill. He is the first Ohioan to serve on the Senate Agriculture Committee in more than 50 years.

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