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Posts tagged: Rural Alaska Village Grant program

Banishing the Honeybucket – Transformation in Lower Kalskag, Alaska

Acting Deputy Under Secretary Vernita Dore (left) touring the wastewater facility under construction in Lower Kalskag, Alaska

Acting Deputy Under Secretary Vernita Dore (left) tours the wastewater facility under construction in Lower Kalskag, Alaska.

Life is challenging in Lower Kalskag, Alaska. An isolated village only accessible by plane or boat, or an ice road in the winter, Lower Kalskag’s 300 residents have no running water or toilets and pay four and five times the price for goods you and I take for granted. A third of the population lives below the poverty level and over half of the population lacks year-round employment. Located past the southwest end of the snow-capped Portage Mountains on an icy bend of the Kuskokwim River, I was fortunate enough to visit Lower Kalskag and see first-hand the critical role USDA Rural Development plays in our most remote communities.

With assistance from our partner, the Alaska Native Tribal Health Consortium, USDA Rural Development is providing investment through our Rural Alaska Village Grant program to construct water and wastewater treatment facilities, as well as connect the residents of Lower Kalskag to the system. By 2017, this nearly century-old settlement will have indoor plumbing for the very first time. Read more »

Thanks to USDA, Alaska Native Villages will have Safe, Reliable Water Supplies

Project Manager Mike MarcAurele looks at the water source for the Alaska Native village of Kasaan.  Working with our partners, USDA funding is being used to improve water quality and sanitation across rural Alaska.  (Photo used with permission of Jerry Cnossen, Superintendent, ANTHC – DEHE)

Project Manager Mike MarcAurele looks at the water source for the Alaska Native village of Kasaan. Working with our partners, USDA funding is being used to improve water quality and sanitation across rural Alaska. (Photo used with permission of Jerry Cnossen, Superintendent, ANTHC – DEHE)

Not many people know the names of our small rural Alaska villages, but USDA Rural Development does!  We are pleased to share the names of 14 of these communities and the great news they received on July 15th. Read more »