Rounds announces water project funding

Rounds announces water project funding Gov. Rounds has announced that funding for the Lewis and Clark Water Project and the Perkins Country Rural Water project are being restored.

"The president has shown great leadership by restoring the funding to two water projects that are critical to the future of this state," said Gov. Rounds.

The Bush Administration will provide in FY2003 an additional $3.8 million for the Lewis and Clark Water Project and an additional $2.8 million for the Perkins County Rural Water System. In addition, the administration intends to request a total of approximately $18 million in each of Fiscal Years 2004 and 2005 to keep these projects on course.

The state is preparing to provide an additional $3 million in matching funds to bring the total near-term funding for these two projects to nearly $45 million dollars.

In a June 20 letter to the president, the governor asked for support for the citizens of South Dakota. He wrote, "The Lewis and Clark and Perkins County projects are extremely important to South Dakota. I am asking you to consider expanding the level of federal support to both these projects this fiscal year (FY2003). I understand that, as president, you are often faced with difficult budget decisions. I hope that you will consider significant federal investment in these projects in FY2004 and FY2005. Mr. President, I thank you for your long-time support of South Dakota, and I look forward to working with you on this issue."

This is in addition to the $2 million already provided for the Lewis and Clark Water Project and $800 thousand already provided for the Perkins County Rural Water System project.

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