Town receives USDA environmental stewardship award

Posted April 25, 2022 at 3:26 pm by

The Town of Fri­day Har­bor shares an update about the USDA award they received last week.

The Town of Fri­day Harbor’s waste­water treat­ment plant improve­ment project begins lat­er this year and has already earned the Town spe­cial recog­ni­tion. On behalf of the Town, May­or Ray Jack­son accept­ed the Build­ing a Bet­ter Amer­i­ca Envi­ron­men­tal Stew­ard­ship Award from USDA Rur­al Devel­op­ment at San Juan County’s Earth Day cel­e­bra­tion. This award is in response to major upgrades planned for the plant that will ensure its abil­i­ty to pro­vide the increas­ing­ly high lev­el of treat­ment required by the state.

“As a coastal com­mu­ni­ty, we have both the desire and oblig­a­tion to invest in the pro­tec­tion of our marine envi­ron­ment,” said Jack­son, adding that the Town is proud to be bring­ing this qual­i­ty improve­ment to the community.

Accord­ing to the State Direc­tor for USDA Rur­al Devel­op­ment, Helen Price John­son, the award is in “grate­ful recog­ni­tion on Earth Day, April 22, 2022, for your con­tin­u­ing com­mit­ment to main­tain and improve the envi­ron­ment and ensure a sus­tain­able future for the mem­bers of your com­mu­ni­ty and beyond.”

The waste­water treat­ment plant project is expect­ed to take two to three years. The Town has secured grant fund­ing and low-inter­est financ­ing from USDA Rur­al Devel­op­ment for most of the $16 mil­lion project.

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