EPA and USDA Address Rural Wastewater Management

A pilot initiative to begin in 11 rural communities.

The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) announced last week the launch of the pilot program Closing America’s Wastewater Access Gap Community Initiative. They will be working with Mississippi, New Mexico, North Carolina, West Virginia and tribal nations to help rural communities avail themselves of the $11.7 billion allotted for wastewater management projects through loans and grants.

“The America that we all believe in is a land of opportunity,” EPA Administrator Michael Regan stated. “But, for historically marginalized communities from Alabama to Alaska, that opportunity is stolen when basic sanitation doesn’t work — exposing adults and children to backyard sewage and disease.”

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For Secretary Vilsack to seek God’s guidance as he oversees the many agencies within the USDA.
  • For discernment for Administrator Regan as he heads the EPA.
  • For U.S. officials working to assist states and communities with wastewater management.

Sources: The Hill, AP


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