Critical Water and Waste Water Investments that Benefit Families in Clinton, Harrison, Lewis, Nodaway, and Daviess Counties are at Risk
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – The Missouri Democratic Party today released local figures detailing exactly how President Trump’s proposed federal budget would hurt Northern Missouri families and businesses in Congressman Sam Graves’ 6th Congressional District.
Among a wide array of harmful cuts to programs for seniors, veterans and rural economic development, Trump’s budget proposal would eliminate nearly $500 million from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) that is used to fund water and waste water projects. In 2016 and 2015, those resources boosted critical water infrastructure in Northern Missouri through local loans and grants, including:
- $9 million loan, $8.4 million loan, and $5 million grant to the Great Northwest Wholesale Water Commission to construct 36 miles of water transmission line, with related water storage and pumping facilities, from St. Joseph to the cities of Cameron, Maysville, and Stewartsville in Clinton County
- $4.6 million loan to upgrade the waste water treatment facility in Memphis, Scotland County
- $1 million loan and $700,000 grant to upgrade the waste water treatment facility in Gilman, Harrison County
- $800,000 loan to upgrade the waste water system in Ewing, Lewis County
- $700,000 loan and $500,000 grant to make improvements to the existing waste water treatment system in Barnard, Nodaway County
- $600,000 loan to construct a new water treatment plant that will provide an adequate supply of potable water to Gallatin, Daviess County
Overall, USDA provided a total of nearly $50 million in federal loans and grants that went toward over 30 water and waste water projects throughout the entire state in 2016. That year, 65% of water and waste water investments from USDA focused on Missouri drinking water projects. In 2015, USDA provided a total of over $60 million for 40 water and waste water projects. That year, almost 70% of water and waste water investments from USDA focused on Missouri drinking water projects.
“It looks from his budget, that Donald Trump’s campaign promises to protect rural America are worth about as much as his promise to repeal Obamacare,” stated Missouri Democratic Party Chair Stephen Webber. “We need Representatives who are going to stand up for our state from Donald Trump’s reckless budget that puts the health and safety of Northern Missouri at risk. Will GOP officeholders like Sam Graves side with Missourians? Or will he run and hide as critical resources for protecting and upgrading our rural water systems are slashed?”
- In 2016, The United State Department of Agriculture funded nearly $50 million in federal loans and grants for over 30 water and waste water projects in Missouri. In 2015, USDA invested over $60 million in federal loans and grants for 40 water and waste water projects in Missouri. (USDA 2016 & USDA 2015)
- In 2016, 65% of water and waste water investments from the USDA in Missouri were focused on drinking water projects. In 2015, that figure was nearly 70%. (USDA 2016 & USDA 2015)
- President Trump’s proposed budget “eliminates $498 million in funding for rural water systems.” (Center for American Progress)