Governor Tim Walz wants to fund more than 70 water infrastructure projects across Minnesota with 300-million dollars in part two of his bonding proposal.
The governor says “these are the kind of critical projects we cannot ignore any longer. Investing in our state’s water quality future isn’t a choice — it’s an absolute imperative.”
Among the communities in Greater Minnesota that would get over 10-million dollars for water projects under Walz’s plan are Foley, Lakefield, Dawson, Silver Creek Township, Two Harbors, Babbitt and Hoyt Lakes.
Bemidji’s water project was not named in Walz’s list. The project, to clean up PFCs, or perflouralkyl chemicals from the well field, could cost 16 million, with the city hoping to receive 8 million in bonding dollars from the state.
Scores of others would receive grants ranging from a few hundred thousand dollars to ten million. The plan needs lawmakers’ approval.