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May 4, 2012
WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Barbara A. Mikulski and Ben Cardin (both D-Md.) today announced that the Allegany Board of Commissioners has received a $303,000 grant and $510,000 loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture's (USDA) Rural Development (RD) program to help rehabilitate the Bedford Road sewer system.
"The Chesapeake Bay is a part of who we are as Marylanders – our heritage and our culture," Senator Mikulski said. "Our communities want to stand up for the health of the Bay, but they can't do it on their own. I'm proud to put funds in the federal checkbook to help the people of Allegany County make these important investments and protect the lives and livelihoods of those that depend on the Bay."
"This funding from the USDA is welcome news for the people of Allegany County and the Chesapeake Bay," said Senator Cardin, Chairman of the Senate Environment and Public Works Subcommittee on Water and Wildlife. "The Bedford Road sewer system's rehabilitation will have a positive impact on the health of the Chesapeake Bay, which is Maryland's greatest natural resource and economic lifeblood. This is very good news for the Bay and for all of Maryland."
The Allegany Board of Commissioners will use the grant and loan to help pay the increased development costs for the rehabilitation of the Bedford Road sewer system. The sewer line replacement is necessary for the County to meet the Consent Order, which mandates a reduction of Inflow and Infiltration. Currently, the system is discharging raw sewage that could impact the Chesapeake Bay.
USDA RD is committed to helping improve the economy and quality of life in rural America. They achieve their mission by helping rural individuals, communities and businesses obtain the financial and technical assistance needed to address their diverse and unique needs.