Three Eastern Shore jurisdictions receive over $2.7 million in USDA grants

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Andy Harris has announced more than $2.7 million in USDA Grants to several Eastern Shore jurisdictions.

We’re told these grants total $2,767,897 and will be used to update, repair, and extend wastewater service in Worcester County and the Town of Oxford, as well as for the extension of rural broadband service to residents in Talbot County.

Funding allocations are as follows:

  • Worcester County Government: $1,518,000; funds will be used to extend sanitary sewer service to residents in Berlin who currently have failing septic systems
  • Town of Oxford: $443,000; funds will be used to help finance the upgrade of the town wastewater treatment plant to enhance nutrient removal
  • Easton Utilities Commission: $806,897; funds will be used to construct a 17-mile Fiber-to-the-premises system to connect rural residents to high-speed broadband

Andy Harris issued a statement on these grants:

“As the Ranking Member of the Agriculture Appropriations Subcommittee, which is responsible for funding these grants, this is welcome news. Securing fast and reliable broadband for all our rural residents is a top priority of mine, and we continue to make great progress. Additionally, I’m pleased to see that these wastewater funds will enhance sanitary handling of sewage, especially where they further our goal of cleaning up the Chesapeake Bay.”

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