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Lewis & Clark to receive $17.5 million to continue project

Fiscal year 2021 dollars to fund work near Vermillion and Beresford, South Dakota, and Sioux Center and Hull, Iowa.

TEA, South Dakota — The Lewis & Clark Regional Water System was notified Wednesday by the Bureau of Reclamation that it will receive $17.5 million in federal funding in fiscal year 2021 for ongoing construction.

“This is really good news and we are very pleased," said Troy Larson, the water system's executive director. "A big thank you to the tri-state congressional delegation for their hard work to secure additional funding for Reclamation’s Rural Water Program. Their continued strong bipartisan support and leadership is greatly appreciated. Our thanks and appreciation as well to the Bureau of Reclamation. They continue to be outstanding partners.”

The administration only proposed $100,000 for Lewis & Clark in its FY21 budget. The tri-state delegation worked with their colleagues to help secure an additional $114.7 million for the Rural Water Program. Reclamation then allocated $17.4 million of the additional funding to Lewis & Clark. On top of the $100,000 proposed by the administration it brings Lewis & Clark’s total to $17.5 million. In FY20, Lewis & Clark received $18 million.

“Overall funding for the Rural Water Program in FY21 is down $1.5 million compared to FY20, so a small haircut was expected,” Larson aid.

The funding will be used to complete construction already underway on a 16-million-gallons-per-day collector well near Vermillion and a 2.5-million-gallon water tower at Beresford. In addition, a contract will be awarded later this year that includes construction of the Sioux Center, Iowa, meter building, expansion of the Hull, Iowa, meter building and adding pumps to the Beresford pump station.

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“When construction of all the above mentioned projects is complete, which is expected no later than the spring of 2023, we will begin delivering long-awaited water to Sioux Center and Hull,” said Larson.

Including the construction that will be completed with the FY21 federal funding, this will put Lewis & Clark at approximately 86% complete.

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