Downtown Randolph, Vt. Photo by M.S. Maguire.
During Earth Day festivities in the town of Randolph, Vt., on Monday, the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced an award of $7.67 million to replace the town's 40-year-old wastewater system.
Community members, town, state and federal officials were on hand to celebrate the award and to view energy and conservation displays provided by several not-for-profit organizations.
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“There is nothing more important to the strength and vitality of our communities than a safe and reliable wastewater system,” said USDA Rural Development State Director Molly Lambert. “It is key to the health of individuals and is essential to the survival and growth of our institutions and commercial establishments. USDA Rural Development is privileged to be a partner with the community of Randolph in this project.”
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, administers and manages housing, business and community infrastructure programs through a national network of state and local offices. Rural Development has an active portfolio of more than $181 billion in loans and loan guarantees.