ROSEBUD, South Dakota, March 15, 2012 – Today, USDA State Director for Rural Development Elsie Meeks and staff joined Rosebud Sioux Tribe at the Grand Opening of the solid waste transfer station. Rosebud Sioux Tribe received Water and Environmental loan and grant funds to construct the project which will make the operation cost effective and improve the trash collection for residents on the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Reservation. The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) remains focused on carrying out its mission, despite a time of significant budget uncertainty. Today’s announcement is one part of the Department’s efforts to strengthen the rural economy.
“Solid waste collection will be greatly improved with the addition of the transfer station,” said Meeks. “Enhancement of the environment and cleanliness of the area is critical to the health, well-being, and quality of life of the residents in the area.”
Pictured in the photo on the front page are left to right are Tammy Young, Director of Solid Waste, Rural Development State Director Elsie Meeks, and Rosebud Sioux Tribe President Cyril Scott; pictured in the photo below are left to right Rural Development State Director Elsie Meeks and Rosebud Sioux Tribe President Cyril Scott. A central transfer station located closer to where most of the garbage is generated will allow the Rosebud Sioux Tribe to minimize trips to the landfill, alleviate strain on solid waste equipment, minimize dumpster overflow and illegal dumping, and allow the Tribe to participate in recycling efforts resulting in saving space and extending the life of the landfill. In addition, the modernization of the transfer station will provide the members of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe efficiencies in managing how the solid waste is handled and disposed of.
Meeks said the Tribe is exceeding the landfill capacity of handling 20 tons a day of garbage at the central landfill in the Northeast corner of the Rosebud Reservation. Garbage is hauled from twenty communities on the Reservation that range from 15 miles to 80 miles one way. At present, there is approximately 30 tons of solid waste generated daily on the Rosebud Reservation. Construction of the Rosebud Transfer Station will allow containment so that there is less opportunity for garbage to be strewn all over in the area adding to beautification ef- forts. Federal funding for this project includes a loan of $100,000 and a grant of $540,000, along with previous funding received in Fiscal Year 2010 of $254,000 loan and $766,000 grant.
“Today is another milestone for the Rosebud Sioux Tribe as we celebrate the grand opening of the Rosebud Sioux Tribe Transfer Station.,” said Cyril Scott, Tribal President, Rosebud Sioux Tribe. “I especially thank the contractors and all those who helped in the construction of this great facility. We are now able to better manage the disposal of solid waste while at the same time respecting our precious land and environment.”
USDA has made a concerted effort to deliver results for the American people, even as USDA implements sequestration – the across-the-board budget reductions mandated under terms of the Budget Control Act. USDA has already undertaken historic efforts since 2009 to save more than $700 million in taxpayer funds through targeted, common sense budget reductions. These reductions have put USDA in a better position to carry out its mission, while implementing sequester budget reductions in a fair manner that causes as little disruption as possible.
USDA, through its Rural Development mission area, has an active portfolio of more than $181 billion in loans and loan guarantees. These programs are designed to improve the economic stability of rural communities, businesses, residents, farmers and ranchers and improve the quality of life in rural America.