Board approves grant for Lewis and Clark water system

Board approves grant for Lewis and Clark water system The South Dakota Board of Water and Natural Resources approved a $750,000 State Water Resources Management System grant to the Lewis and Clark Rural Water System for regional water supply design and construction activities.

Gov. Bill Janklow recommended the funding, which was approved during the Sept. 27 board meeting in Pierre.

"The Lewis and Clark Rural Water System is absolutely vital to meet the future drinking water needs of people in Sioux Falls and residents of southeastern South Dakota, northwestern Iowa, and southwestern Minnesota," said Janklow. "This grant is another firm commitment of South Dakota to the project that will provide excellent drinking water and allow for future growth in these areas."

The South Dakota Legislature authorized the construction of the Lewis and Clark Rural Water System in 1993 and set a state cost-share commitment of $18,585,540 in 2001. Janklow recommended this $750,000 grant to the 2002 Legislature, and the Legislature appropriated the funds from DENR's State Water Resources Management System in the 2002 Water Funding Omnibus Bill.

The grant will be used to help meet the state cost-share commitment, and will supplement federal appropriations for engineering design, preconstruction activities, construction of wells and a raw water pipeline near Vermillion, and the acquisition of pipeline rights-of-way.

The State Water Resources Management System identifies large water projects that require specific state or federal authorization. Actual funding amounts for each large water projects are appropriated by the Legislature.

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