By Elizabeth Zach, RCAC staff writer
Butte County—and specifically the Paradise community, where wildfires last year killed more than 80 residents—has received more than $3 million in federal funding to help improve and rebuild sewage and wastewater facilities.
Paradise will receive $172,320 for designing the new sewage system and the towns of Gridley and Biggs will receive $139,820 and $2,996,397, respectively. Rural Community Assistance Corporation (RCAC) worked with the community to access the funding through U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development’s Infrastructure Application Development and Assistance Project.
“This investment by the USDA is a great start for cities in Butte County that are in dire need of infrastructure improvements, especially in regards to sewage and waste water facilities,” Congressman Doug LaMalfa said in a statement. “The town of Paradise was almost entirely destroyed by the Camp Fire less than a year ago, and residents cannot effectively rebuild until a modernized sewage system is in place.”
RCAC is also working with Gridley under Proposition 1 funding from the California State Water Resources Control Board.