HARTLAND - The town of Hartland now has a reason to celebrate
"It's refreshing to be here today and receive this award," said Interim Town Manager of Hartland, Christopher Littlefield.
The town is the recipient of a $1.6 million grant, from the United States Department of Agriculture, to upgrade its waste facility plant. Especially the plant lagoons.
"They are old and the aeration systems are not up to date," said Littlefield.
"Hartland approached us," said Director of the Maine USDA Rural Development, Virginia Manuel. "We came in and said yes, we need to work with them on this project."
The Maine Department of Economic and Community Development, chipped in $1 million of block grant funding as well.
Engineer Richard Darling, for the Department of Environmental Protection, said, "All of the things that would be going on but degrading its quality, now go on in the treatment facility before it goes into the river."
Once known as the Sea-nasty-cook River, the funding could help revive the economy of the town while improving the river.
"They are improving the quality of the town and its competitiveness to have future businesses come in here because they've got a good infrastructure system," said Manuel.
One message of Tuesday's event, is that the children who attended are the future of maintaining a healthy environment.
"They are the protectors. The future protectors of our environment," said Manuel.
"I hope some of these kids will come back, 30 to 40 years from now and check out the facility," said Manuel.
Which would give generations of people to come an opportunity to boat and fish on the Sebasticook River.
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