Attention OS and the North Beach: ‘Uncle Joe’ is turning on the funding faucet

Press release: Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced that the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) is investing $307 million to modernize rural drinking water and wastewater infrastructure in 34 states and Puerto Rico (PDF, 224 KB). (Washington is on the list)
The investments being announced today follow President Biden’s announcement last week of a Bipartisan Infrastructure Framework that will make the largest investment in clean drinking water in American history. The Framework will replace all of the nation’s lead pipes and service lines, helping address barriers faced by communities of color, Tribal communities, and people who live in rural America.
USDA is financing the projects through the Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program. The investments will help eliminate outdated pipes and service lines to safeguard public health and safety in rural communities. They will improve rural infrastructure for 250,000 residents and businesses.
USDA is announcing investments today in Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Georgia, Idaho, Iowa, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Maine, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, North Dakota, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, Oklahoma, South Carolina, South Dakota, Tennessee, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Vermont, Washington, Wisconsin, West Virginia and Puerto Rico.
For example, as part of today’s announcement:

The Water and Waste Disposal Loan and Grant Program provides funding for clean and reliable drinking water systems, sanitary sewage disposal, sanitary solid waste disposal, and storm water drainage. The program serves households and businesses in eligible rural areas with populations of 10,000 or less.


  1. So, if we act on this, perhaps we can replace our 50-yr-old lines and maybe even do something to get water we can actually drink from the tap??? Whoo Boy! (Who is taking the odds on this?)


  2. Anonymous says:

    “Uncle Joe?”
    So much for journalistic integrity from your editors.


    1. After careful consideration of your complaint, the North Beach News Editorial Board has decided “Uncle Joe” is not derisive or insulting, as: it is a play on “Uncle Sam,” a decades-old nickname for the U.S government; and “uncle” has generally positive connotations — see the Miriam-Webster definition of a word derived from uncle: “Definition of avuncular
      1: suggestive of an uncle especially in kindliness or geniality avuncular indulgence ‘Jovial and avuncular, the President’s chief of staff seems oblivious to the pressures that accompany what is arguably the second most powerful job in the land.”


  3. Anonymous says:

    Ok, Uncle Tom.


    1. As my nephews and nieces call me…


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