April 22, 2018
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USDA Rural Development, Penobscot Indian Nation to team up for sewer upgrade

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — USDA Rural Development announced Monday that it approved an $80,000 Water and Waste Disposal Direct Loan for the Penobscot Indian Nation.

The funds will be used to replace sewer mains on Oak Hill Road and Wabanaki Way and to replace 2,600 linear feet of aged sewer lines, which will ensure properly working wastewater services.

The project also will improve operating efficiencies of the treatment plant and protect the Penobscot River watershed.

The Indian Health Service is also contributing funding for the project.

“This important project will help ensure the Penobscot Indian Nation has access to properly working facilities while having a positive impact on protecting the environment at the same time,” USDA Rural Development State Director Virginia Manuel said.

“I am pleased USDA Rural Development can partner with the tribe on this beneficial project,” she said.

Penobscot Indian Nation Chief Kirk Francis said the upgrade will help guarantee a high quality approach to wastewater treatment.

“This ensures that we will continue our commitment to protecting our sacred river by having facilities that will continue to operate at a very high level for years to come,” he said.

For information about rural programs available from USDA Rural Development, visit www.rurdev.usda.gov/me.

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