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Appropriations bill includes $21.9 million for Lewis & Clark water system

System anticipates more funding later this month from Infrastructure Law.

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TEA, S.D. — President Joe Biden on Friday signed the FY22 Appropriations bill approved by Congress, which includes $21.914 million for ongoing construction of the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System.

“This is great news for Lewis & Clark and an increase from the $17.5 million approved in FY21! The $21.914 million was from the congressionally directed spending requests made by Sens. John Thune, Amy Klobuchar, Mike Rounds and Tina Smith. Strong support for increased funding was also provided by Sens. Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst, as well as Reps. Dusty Johnson, Randy Feenstra, Michelle Fischbach and the late Jim Hagedorn. We cannot thank these four senators enough for including Lewis & Clark in their congressional directed spending requests, as well as to the entire tri-state congressional delegation for going to bat for us once again,” said Executive Director Troy Larson.

Separately, an announcement is expected yet this month on how much funding Lewis & Clark will receive for FY22 from the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law. Funding from both sources is expected to allow Lewis & Clark to move forward with construction of the remaining 32 miles of pipeline for the Madison, South Dakota service line, the 17 miles of pipeline between Hull, Iowa, and Sheldon, Iowa, as well as potentially meter buildings at Sheldon and Sibley, Iowa, a pump station near Hull, a ground storage reservoir near Madison, acquiring easements for the Sibley service line and adding more lime drying beds at the water treatment plant.

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