Bipartisan Infrastructure Bill Accelerates Lewis & Clark Construction

November 29, 2021 3:30pm

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Pending the final allocation decision by the Bureau of Reclamation, the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System will likely secure more than $130 million from the recently passed Bipartisan Infrastructure and Jobs Act to accelerate construction and put the project on the cusp of being able to deliver 45 million gallons a day to its 20 member cities and rural water systems.  Communities not yet connected include Hull, Sheldon, Sibley and Sioux Center in Iowa, as well as Madison, SD.  Having everyone connected will have a positive impact on water rates for all 20 members.

“The infrastructure bill is a huge boost for our construction efforts and will have an immense impact on improving the quality of life and expanding economic development opportunities in northwest Iowa and the rest of the tristate region.  We have been at this since the late 80’s and we can finally see the light at the end of the tunnel,” said Chairman Murray Hulstein of Sioux Center. 

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Lewis & Clark has enjoyed strong bipartisan support through the years, including from our current congressional delegation of Senator Chuck Grassley, Senator Joni Ernst and Representative Randy Feenstra.  “We cannot thank our entire tristate congressional delegation enough for being with us every step of the way.  Only one member of our tristate delegation has served since the very beginning – Senator Grassley.  A special thanks to him for his long-time support, as well as for his support of the bipartisan infrastructure bill.”