Lewis And Clark Water Project Gets Some Funding But Not As Much As Expected

Date posted - February 10, 2012

The multi-million-dollar water system that’s being constructed to serve Sheldon, Sibley, Hull, Sioux Center, Rock Rapids, and several other communities and rural water systems in Iowa, Minnesota and South Dakota received some more news regarding funding recently.

Troy Larson, the executive director of the project says that because of the federal ban on congressional earmarks, the tri-state congressional delegation couldn’t appropriate funding for the project.

Then, when there was $30 million in funding to be passed out, they still couldn’t do anything, due to that earmark ban — so the federal Bureau of Reclamation was asked to divvy the funds.  He says they are quite disappointed in how that went.<script language=”JavaScript” src=”http://www.kiwaradio.com/mp3/audio-player.js”></script><br><object type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” data=”http://www.kiwaradio.com/mp3/player.swf” id=”audioplayer1″ height=”24″ width=”220″><br><param name=”movie” value=”http://www.kiwaradio.com/mp3/player.swf”><br><param name=”FlashVars” value=”playerID=1&soundFile=http://www.kiwaradio.com/mp3/Larson021012a.mp3″><br><param name=”quality” value=”high”><br><param name=”menu” value=”false”><br><param name=”wmode” value=”transparent”><br></object>   Only, Larson says that’s not how it went.<script language=”JavaScript” src=”http://www.kiwaradio.com/mp3/audio-player.js”></script><br><object type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” data=”http://www.kiwaradio.com/mp3/player.swf” id=”audioplayer1″ height=”24″ width=”220″><br><param name=”movie” value=”http://www.kiwaradio.com/mp3/player.swf”><br><param name=”FlashVars” value=”playerID=1&soundFile=http://www.kiwaradio.com/mp3/Larson021012b.mp3″><br><param name=”quality” value=”high”><br><param name=”menu” value=”false”><br><param name=”wmode” value=”transparent”><br></object>   Larson’s opinion is that the federal earmark ban should not include pre-authorized projects.<script language=”JavaScript” src=”http://www.kiwaradio.com/mp3/audio-player.js”></script><br><object type=”application/x-shockwave-flash” data=”http://www.kiwaradio.com/mp3/player.swf” id=”audioplayer1″ height=”24″ width=”220″><br><param name=”movie” value=”http://www.kiwaradio.com/mp3/player.swf”><br><param name=”FlashVars” value=”playerID=1&soundFile=http://www.kiwaradio.com/mp3/Larson021012c.mp3″><br><param name=”quality” value=”high”><br><param name=”menu” value=”false”><br><param name=”wmode” value=”transparent”><br></object>   The project has been in the works since the late 1990’s.

By Scott Van Aartsen News Director

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