VanderWall applauds $18M investment for Manistee

LANSING, Mich. — State Sen. Curt VanderWall on Tuesday applauded a United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) announcement of an $18 million investment to modernize wastewater infrastructure in Manistee.

The USDA announced 220 projects nationwide and seven projects in Michigan to help improve rural water infrastructure for 787,000 residents.

“This important funding will help Manistee move forward with the critical project at the treatment plant,” said VanderWall, R-Ludington. “It is vital for not only safety but for the local economy. This project will benefit the entire community.”

The city of Manistee will use the $18 million to upgrade the interceptor to a 48-inch standard, construct an above-ground equalization tank, and invest in other improvements at the wastewater treatment plant. This is part of a multi-phase upgrade.

The USDA projects are being funded through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program.

“Upgrading water infrastructure provides a path to economic growth and protects the health and safety of people who live and work in rural areas,” USDA Deputy Under Secretary for Rural Development Bette Brand said. “Under the leadership of President Trump and Secretary Perdue, USDA continues to be a strong partner to rural communities, because we know that when rural America thrives, all of America thrives.”

The Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program provides funding for clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disposal, and storm water drainage to households and businesses in eligible rural areas with populations of 10,000 or fewer.

VanderWall said to learn more about investment resources for rural areas, interested parties should contact the USDA Rural Development office in Michigan.

USDA Rural Development provides loans and grants to help expand economic opportunities and create jobs in rural areas. This assistance supports infrastructure improvements; business development; housing; community facilities such as schools, public safety and health care; and high-speed internet access in rural areas. For more information, visit www.rd.usda.gov.