WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced the release of $5.2 million in loans and grants from the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) to support the Defiance County Auglaize River Project. The funds, allocated under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, will enable the construction of a new wastewater and sewage collection system.
“These funds will ensure that Defiance and Paulding County communities have reliable water infrastructure to keep drinking water safe and to protect the Auglaize River,” Brown said. “This investment not only addresses the challenge of our aging water systems, but will stimulate economic development and create new jobs.”
The construction of a wastewater and sewage collection system will improve living conditions and reduce environmental risks posed to citizens in Defiance and Paulding Counties. The system improvements will also respond to environmental concerns in the area regarding sewage discharges into the Auglaize River.
The USDA will release the funds to the Rural Development Water and Environmental Program. The program is responsible for providing grants and low-interest loans for investments in water infrastructure to ensure safe drinking water and protect the environment in rural areas.
Brown has been a leading advocate in Congress for increased investments in water infrastructure projects. Last month, Brown, along with Sen. George Voinovich (R-OH), introduced the Clean Water Affordability Act, which would provide $1.8 billion to help 86 Ohio communities make important renovations to outdated sewer systems. Brown also successfully fought to include $6 billion for water infrastructure projects in the economic recovery package.