Shaheen, Hassan and Kuster applaud $ 750,000 in NBRC funds for Colebrook water infrastructure project

September 30, 2021

** The funding is in addition to the $ 250,000 NBRC funding that the delegation announced last month to support the cleanup of the lagoons at the Colebrook wastewater treatment facility **

(Washington, DC) – US Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH), a senior member of the Senate Appropriations Committee, U.S. Senator Maggie Hassan (D-NH) and Representative Annie Kuster (NH-02) today applauded the announcement that the town of Colebrook has received $ 750,000 in federal funding through the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) and the Economic Development Administration (EDA) to support a comprehensive water supply infrastructure project that will clean up the lagoons of the community’s sewage treatment plant for the first time in 20 years . Completion of the project will provide the Colebrook wastewater treatment facility with additional depth capacity and drive economic growth by directly supporting increased production of nitrile gloves at locally based American Performance Polymers (APP). , who, with the support of the office of Senator Shaheen, was awarded two federal contracts to increase production. Nitrile gloves are medical personal protective equipment that has been in critical demand during the COVID-19 pandemic. The funding is in addition to the $ 250,000 NBRC funding that the delegation announced last month to support this project.

“Water infrastructure is essential for investing in the public health, well-being and economic vitality of the communities of Granite State. That’s why securing investments like this that allow our communities to repair and revitalize vital infrastructure for drinking water, stormwater and wastewater has been one of my top priorities at the Senate. said Senator Shaheen. “I am very pleased to see this new funding provided, which will keep the Colebrook wastewater treatment plant in good working order and protect the health and safety of residents. In addition, these funds will help stimulate economic growth and create jobs by supporting American Performance Polymer’s efforts to increase production of essential personal protective equipment. I will continue to fight for the federal resources the NBRC and EDA need to empower the communities of Granite State.

“Investing in hydraulic infrastructure strengthens public health and also lays the foundations for a healthy economy” said Senator Hassan. “I am pleased to announce this federal grant to Colebrook to clean up its wastewater treatment facility. This funding will also support American Performance Polymers, and I was happy to hear first-hand from them in August how the NBRC funding will help them grow. I will continue to push for funding that invests in our northern communities. “

“I am delighted that the Town of Colebrook is receiving this federal funding from the Northern Border Regional Commission (NBRC) and the Economic Development Administration (EDA) to promote drinking water infrastructure and support economic growth. said Representative Kuster. “I was able to visit the American Performance Polymers manufacturing site in August and was very impressed with how they function and their commitment to serving our state and our country as we fight the spread of COVID-19. I will continue to work to provide the support our Granite State communities need to thrive. “

The NBRC provides federal support throughout northern New Hampshire through grants that stimulate economic and community development in rural communities. Shaheen has led efforts in Congress that support and invest in the NBRC, and included his bipartisan legislation to re-authorize and expand the reach of the NBRC in the Farm Bill that was enacted in 2018. Supported by Representative Annie Kuster ( NH-02), the legislation expanded the NBRC to include Cheshire County and the communities of Belknap County. Shaheen also worked to include language ensuring that portions of NBRC funds go to helping rural communities affected by past factory closures, as well as supporting new markets and infrastructure needs. of the forest products industry. Last year, Shaheen led a group of bipartisan and bicameral lawmakers, including the New Hampshire congressional delegation, in calling for the inclusion of dedicated funding for the NBRC in COVID-19 relief legislation. In government funding legislation enacted in December, Shaheen and Hassan helped secure $ 30 million for the NBRC, an increase of $ 5 million from the FY2020 funding level and above. never funded by the program. This legislation also included a priority from Shaheen and Hassan of eliminating the non-federal matching requirement on NBRC awards for fiscal year 2020 and future awards related to COVID-19 recovery, thereby reducing potential barriers to participation. increased among eligible communities. Last month, Shaheen announced that she had helped secure $ 35 million for the NBRC in bipartisan funding legislation for fiscal year (FY) 2022 that was passed by the committee and will then be considered by the entire Senate, which is an increase of $ 5 million from the funding level in FY2021 and the highest ever funded by the program. Earlier this month, the delegation also announced that the New Hampshire Small Business Development Center (SBDC) will receive $ 350,000 through the NBRC and the US Department of Agriculture to support small businesses and promote growth. economic in communities in the north of the country.

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