ILWACO - U.S. Rep. Brian Baird announced on Aug. 22 that the USDA Rural Development Project has awarded funding approval to the city of Ilwaco for expanding service of the Ilwaco wastewater treatment plant. The funds will be used to expand the existing wastewater treatment plant to treat Ilwaco's newly annexed service area; the U.S. Coast Guard Station, and Fort Canby State Park.

"Our rural communities have a difficult time affording projects such as these," said Baird. "These funds provide the infrastructure needed to enhance economic development and bring new jobs to the region. I am proud to have supported this project and I commend a number of organizations and stakeholders for their cooperative efforts. Washington State Groundfish, Washington State Parks, the U.S. Coast Guard and the Port of Ilwaco all leveraged funding for this project with their own contributions and grants."

USDA Rural Development approved a grant of $366,630 from this year's Farm Bill, and loans and grants for $1,133,500 and $133,370, respectively, in appropriated funds from the FY02 Agriculture Appropriations bill.

USDA Rural Development funds were leveraged with a grant from Washington State Groundfish for $150,000, a contribution from Washington State Parks in the amount of $280,000, a contribution from the U.S. Coast Guard for $122,500 and a contribution from the Port of Ilwaco for $350,000.  

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