WASHINGTON, D.C. –U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) today announced more than $1 million in new funds that will support the Richmond Dale Sewer Project. The federal funds, made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, are allocated through the U. S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).

“Too many communities are struggling to afford costly, but necessary, upgrades to sewer systems,” Brown said. “The funding for the Richmond Dale Sewer Program is a good first step to ensure the safety and health of all Ohioans.”

The Richmond Dale Sewer District will receive a $637,000 loan and a $556,000 grant for improvements.

Brown is leading the fight in Congress to provide assistance to communities that need to make renovations to outdated water and sewer systems. Brown authored The Clean Water Affordability Act with Sen. George V. Voinovich (R-OH). This bipartisan legislation is aimed at updating the Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) clean water affordability policy. The Clean Water Affordability Act authorizes $1.8 billion over five years for a matching grant program to help financially distressed communities update their aging infrastructure.