September 2, 2014

Wisconsin city gets national Earth Day honor

The USDA tips its hat to a Southern Wisconsin community during Earth Day. The federal agency is giving a $16 million loan and a $6 million grant to the city of Richland Center for a new waste water treatment facility. The project will replace a facility that is 75-years-old.

Judith Canales, USDA acting deputy undersecretary for rural development, says such projects are ways the agency works to help environmental causes while strengthening small towns. Canales says the project will help the community prepare for potential growth.

The USDA is also sponsoring an art contest for Richland Center children titled “The Face of Climate Change.” The winner of the contest will be announced at an event today.