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April 19, 2011

USDA Rural Development celebrating Earth Day by recognizing project that will protect water quality in Rathbun Lake

DES MOINES — Bill Menner, USDA Rural Development state director in Iowa, will be in Moravia at 10 a.m. on Earth Day, Friday, April 22, to recognize ADLM Facilities Management Systems for their efforts to help improve water quality in rural Iowa.

USDA Rural Development funds totaling $845,000 will be used by ADLM  Facilities Management Systems to help construct a central sewage collection system for the 24 residents and businesses in and around the unincorporated community of Iconium, along the North Shore area of Rathbun Lake.

The collection system will transfer community wastewater to a lagoon owned by the Iowa Department of Natural Resources. When completed, the project will bring the community into compliance with county and state sanitary standards.

Earth Day, which was first recognized in 1970, is celebrated each year on April 22 as a way to renew a commitment of caring for all of the earth's natural resources and helping prepare the environment for future generations. Rural communities and businesses in Iowa play a key role in building a safer, healthier and cleaner world.

The certificate presentation is Friday, April 22 at 10 a.m. at ADLM Facilities Management Systems, 12307 Highway 5, Moravia.

During the past year USDA Rural Development helped a record number of Iowans receive funding for economic development projects and quality of life improvements. The agency's investment in Iowa helped create or retain more than 2,200 jobs, aided 2,500 families in buying their own homes and assisted more than 250 communities as they made improvements to their facilities, services and infrastructure.  

For more information about finance programs through USDA Rural Development, please call the office located in Albia at (641) 932-3031 Ext. 4. This office serves communities, businesses and residents in Jasper, Poweshiek, Marion, Mahaska, Lucas, Monroe, Wapello, Wayne, Appanoose and Davis counties.

USDA Rural Development has 11 offices across the state to serve the 1.7 million Iowans living in rural communities.  Office locations include a State Office in Des Moines, along with Area Offices in Albia, Atlantic, Humboldt, Indianola, Iowa Falls, Le Mars, Mount Pleasant, Storm Lake, Tipton and Waverly.

Further information on programs available through USDA Rural Development is available by visiting the agency's Web site at www.rurdev.usda.gov/ia.

USDA Rural Development is an equal opportunity lender.

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