User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


54° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.

News

[0] My Saved Articles
Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Lewis & Clark Awaits 2013 Funding

February 9, 2012, 9:55 PM by Perry Groten

Lewis & Clark Awaits 2013 Funding
TEA, SD - The Lewis and Clark Regional Water System will have to wait and see whether a $5 million boost in funding signals an increased flow of federal dollars for future years.

The project that will bring water to 300,000 people in South Dakota, Minnesota and Iowa needs at least $35 million a year just to keep on schedule. In these days of shrinking federal budgets, Lewis and Clark officials worry that their project will end up becoming "a pipe to nowhere."

Lewis and Clark Regional Water System is taking a 'glass half-full' view of its $5 million bump in federal funding.

"It's better than having zero and having everything stop," Lewis & Clark Construction Administrator Dan Zulkosky said.

The $5 million is an improvement over the $487,000 Lewis and Clark was originally slated to receive this year. The additional money will be used to buy tools, equipment, vehicles and security fencing. The $5 million will also build 3 miles of new pipe in Lyon County, Iowa. The problem is, without additional funding, that pipe is only going to end up in the middle of a field.

"To only be able to build three miles of pipeline is like building a pipeline to nowhere and I don't want it qualified as that type of project," Zulkosky

Lewis and Clark officials may find out as soon as next week how much funding they'll receive in 2013. But they're not optimistic that it will be an amount that will place the project on anyone's fast track. A completion date that's been pushed back to 2020 at the earliest, might now have to be measured in decades.

"It could go out as far as 2030, 2040, it's all depending on federal funding," Zulkosky said.

Construction on the Lewis and Clark pump station west of Tea is nearing completion. It's expected to begin delivering millions of gallons of water each day to Sioux Falls this spring.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments







 
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View news

You may also like

Jesus Take The Wheel

9/25/2014 10:00 PM

Miracle on the highway: that's how many people are describing a bad crash between a semi-truck and car in which no one was killed.

Full Story | Watch
Iowa Teen Dies Two Days After Fight At School

9/28/2014 11:42 AM

Prosecutors may file additional charges because a western Iowa teen died two days after suffering a head injury during a fight at school.

Full Story
Brandon Woman Seriously Hurt In I-229 Crash

9/30/2014 5:00 PM

Two people are hurt, one seriously, after a chain-reaction crash in eastern Sioux Falls involving a semi-truck and four other vehicles.

Full Story | Watch
Police: Missing Boy Shows Up At School

9/26/2014 6:39 AM

Sioux Falls police say a missing boy showed up for school Friday morning.  

Full Story
Emergency Crews Respond To Crash On Interstate 229

9/30/2014 11:45 AM

One woman is seriously hurt after a five-vehicle crash on Interstate 229 Tuesday morning.

Full Story


Events