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USDA loan made for Chassell sewer upgrade
By Jane Nordberg
Daily Mining Gazette
Published March 18th, 2005

CHASSELL TOWNSHIP - Residents of Chassell Township will receive an upgrade to a sewage treatment system, courtesy of a $718,000 U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development loan.

U.S. Rep. Bart Stupak (D-Menominee) said this week that loans such as the one received by Chassell Township assist in the fight against waterway contamination.

"Recently, I introduced legislation that addresses the issue of preventing sewage from being dumped in waterways like the Great Lakes," Stupak said in a written statement. "This funding is vital to improving local sewage infrastructures so sewage dumping does not occur."

Chassell Township Supervisor David Mattson said the funding will aid the township in making necessary improvements toward the township's sewage infrastructure, with no time to spare.

"If these problems aren't addressed as they arise, communities face potential health concerns as a result," he said. "It's great to receive this funding so that we can get going on these improvements right away."

The project will benefit 332 rural residents and businesses through the upgrade of clay liners at the sewage lagoons and improvements to pump stations along Lakeshore Drive.

Sewer service will also be extended to 32 customers along the Half Moon Beach area of Pike Bay who are experiencing septic problems due to a high water table and inadequate sewage treatment.

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