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State Of Minnesota Gives $22 Million To Lewis And Clark

May 16, 2014, 10:12 PM by Leland Steva

State Of Minnesota Gives $22 Million To Lewis And Clark

Minnesota Lawmakers have passed a bill that will give $22 million to the Lewis and Clark Regional Water System. This funding will allow for the construction of pipes from the Iowa border to Luverne, Minnesota, and connect to Rock County Rural Water.

The city of Luverne is in a drought that has lasted for years.

"We are twenty inches of rain behind for the last two and a half years," City Alderman Kevin Aaker said.

A water ban is in place in the city. It's also looking to demolish this old water tank south of town and build a new one.

There is help on the horizon now with the Lewis and Clark funding passing through Minnesota Legislation. City Alderman Kevin Aaker says after years of bad news, he's glad to finally hear something positive.

"It was really refreshing to see both parties at the state level really working together as hard as they could. It was amazing the amount of resources that got applied to Lewis and Clark right at the end of the session. They did a nice job," Aaker said.

The Executive Director of the Lewis and Clark Regional Water System says that the State of Minnesota will receive the money it gave to the project once the project receives the proper federal funding.

"This is not state funding replacing federal funding. This is a federal funding advance meaning we will use future funds from federal funding once all the members are connected to repay this money," Executive Director of Lewis and Clark Troy Larson said.

Troy Larson says Lewis and Clark is only receiving $2.4 million dollars from the federal government during the 2015 fiscal year. But the inflation of the federal cost of the project is $8 million.

Larson hopes the money from Minnesota will show the importance of Lewis and Clark to the people in Washington.

"$2.4 million from the federal government compared to $22 million from the State of Minnesota. Come on, the state realizes how important this project is. Why can't the federal government open their eyes," Larson said.

Larson says that Luverne will start getting the water from Lewis and Clark by fall of 2015.

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