The Senator from Minnesota says he cares about the Lewis and Clark Regional Water System. He also admits that he is frustrated with local areas paying its share of the cost and the federal government not picking up the rest of the bill.
There is hope as Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton just put twenty million dollars on his bonding bill, and President Obama recently requested $27 million to go to different water projects across the country. Officials with Lewis and Clark say the next step is to complete the water pipeline to Luverne, which will need an additional $17 million to finish.
“The Bureau of Reclamation has to announce within 30 days of the signing of that thing where this $27 million is going to be spent. There's six water projects that it could be spent for. We're going to be making the argument for a large part of that, hopefully the majority of that going towards Lewis and Clark,” Sen. Franken said.
The Senator says projects like this are about economic development, and he believes there are a lot of missed opportunities that have happened because of funding.