October 01, 2020
WASHINGTON – U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (Mo.), a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, today announced that the U.S. Department of Agriculture has awarded a $3 million grant and $5 million loan to modernize equipment at the East Locust Creek water treatment plant. The East Coast Creek Reservoir service area includes Mercer, Putnam, Schuyler, Grundy, Sullivan, Adair, Livingston, Linn, Macon, and Chariton counties.
“This announcement is another important step toward solving the water shortage problem in North Central Missouri,” said Blunt. “If you don’t have a reliable water supply, it’s difficult for businesses, families, school districts, and farmers to plan for the future. Completing this project will provide relief to everyone who has had their life or business disrupted by severe water shortages. And, it will provide the foundation for additional economic development and infrastructure investments that will expand opportunity and enhance the quality of life over the long term.”
Harve Rhodes, Chairman of the North Central Missouri Regional Water Commission, stated, “Once again, Senator Blunt has come through for the people of North Central Missouri by working with the Trump Administration to secure desperately needed funds to remove the threat of water shortage. We are grateful for Senator Blunt and President Trump and the great public servants at USDA- Rural Development. These funds will be put to use to improve water plant capacity and capability and put the Commission in a better financial position as we put the final financing pieces in place for the construction of the East Locust Creek Reservoir.”
As a member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, Blunt has led efforts to secure resources for the East Locust Creek Reservoir Project in the FY2016, FY2017, FY2018, FY2019, and FY2020 government funding bills. Blunt was in Milan last year for USDA’s Natural Resources Conservation Service’s announcement that the project received an additional $5.6 million, which was included in the Blunt-backed FY2019 funding bill.
Following Blunt’s advocacy, the Department of Transportation awarded a $13.5 million BUILD Grant to the East Locust Creek Reservoir Project in November 2019.
In August 2018, Blunt announced that the USDA invested $20 million in the project to prepare the dam’s site, access corridors, and other key infrastructure for the next phase of construction.