Gov. Walz unveils water infrastructure bonding proposal

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. 

Gov. Tim Walz

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.

Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.

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