NEWARK, NJ - U.S. Senators Robert Menendez and Cory Booker (both D-NJ) announced $120,000 in federal funding to build and rehabilitatewaterand wastewatersystems in Maurice River, Downe, and Woodbine. The funding is awarded by the US Department of Agriculture (USDA) through its Special Evaluation Assistance for Rural Communities and Households program (SEARCH).
"These federal resources are great news for rural communities in Cumberland and Cape May," said Senator Menendez. "Important investments like these help us ensure that all New Jerseyans have access to safe, clean and reliable water systems. I applaud this USDA program, and will continue fighting to advance our state's public health and infrastructure for the safety and wellbeing of families and businesses in New Jersey."
"It is vital that we prioritize investments in New Jersey's water infrastructure. I am grateful to the USDA for awarding us with this grant which will allow us to make necessary improvements to our wastewater system to support the health and vitality of those who live and work in the rural communities of Maurice River,Downe, and Woodbine," said Sen. Booker. "I am committed to advocating for more funding that enables us to fortify New Jersey's aging wastewater plants."
ThroughtheUSDA Special Evaluation Assistance for Rural Communities and Households Grant Program (SEARCH), rural communities may obtain fundingfor feasibility studies, design assistance, and technical assistance for water and waste disposal projects.
The specific awards are:
April 22, 2021