February 21, 2013

(Washington, D.C.)  - U.S. Senator Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) applauded the announcement that the city of Berlin has received a $1 million loan from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development project to repair the Godfrey Dam raw water transmission line. The Godfrey Dam serves as the primary storage reservoir for the city’s water supply.

“Godfrey Dam is an important priority and this loan will provide for necessary repairs to help keep Berlin’s water supply clean and safe,” said Shaheen. “I am pleased that USDA is acting to help the city of Berlin meet the economic and public health needs of the region, especially considering the positive impact this infrastructure project will have on the Berlin economy.”

The funding will be used to repair the water line running from the Godfrey Dam in the White Mountain National Forest through the ATV Park in Berlin. Shaheen helped secure  federal funding for repairs to the Godfrey Dam in 2010 and throughout her career has worked extensively to support job growth in Northern New Hampshire. She was instrumental in the fight for funding to open the Berlin Prison, which is expected to create 340 local jobs and provide a $40 million economic boost to the North Country. She spoke on the Senate floor in support of the prison and also appeared NBC Nightly News and the Today Show to discuss the issue.

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