DENR Board approves Lewis and Clark Rural Water grant

DENR Board approves Lewis and Clark Rural Water grant
The South Dakota Board of Water and Natural Resources approved a $1.5 million State Water Resources Management System grant to the Lewis and Clark Rural Water System for design and construction activities.

Gov. Mike Rounds recommended the funding to the 2005 Legislature, and the Legislature appropriated the funds from the state Water and Environment Fund through the Governor's 2005 Omnibus Water Funding Bill.� The Board of Water and Natural Resources awarded the grant when the board met Friday in Pierre.

"The economic growth in Sioux Falls and the southeastern portion of the state is phenomenal," said Rounds.� "This grant is another firm commitment by the state of South Dakota to bring a high quality and reliable source of drinking water to this area to support both existing residents and the future growth that is sure to continue."

The South Dakota Legislature authorized construction of the Lewis and Clark Rural Water System in 1993 and set a state cost-share commitment of $18,585,540 in 2001. This grant will be used to help meet the state cost-share commitment and will supplement federal appropriations for construction of water supply wells as well as both raw water and treated water pipelines associated with the system in South Dakota.� Because the system will ultimately serve customers in Iowa and Minnesota too, those states are providing cost share as well.

Once completed, the project will draw water from a series of wells alongside the Missouri River near Vermillion.

The State Water Resources Management System identifies large water projects that require specific state or federal authorization.� The Legislature appropriates Water and Environment Funds annually to individual State Water Resources Management System projects through the Governor's Omnibus Water Funding Bill.

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