NORRIDGEWOCK – The USDA is pledging $5 million to improve the town’s waste water treatment facility.
Earth day came a few days early to the town of Norridgewock and the Kennebec river,
as the Department of Agriculture announced some big money is coming to help water quality in the area, and everyone down-river.
“Your river is a vital part of your community and state,” Proclaimed Tommy Higgins, Maine Director of the USDA’s Rural Development. “And the announcement we make today will ensure that it continues to be here for you and all future generations of Maine people to enjoy.”
The town’s children showed their love for clean water, with dozens of drawings covering the elementary school gym wall, depicting why they want to protect their river.
“And the poems and explanations that are with them are well worth study…” commented Maine Rivers board member Richard Lawrence. “They should be considered deeply. These kids care, and they know the difference between a polluted river and a clean one.”
2.2 million dollars of the money is in a loan, so the town is not just figuratively invested in the project.
And as people walked into the announcement today, they signed a poster pledging their responsibility to keep the state clean and clear.
Higgins added, “The kids obviously benefit from this, and their children down the road benefit from this, from cleaner rivers.”
The USDA’s Rural Development branch has invested over $271 million in Maine’s water treatment facilities in the last ten years.