The Lewis & Clark Regional Water Project could find itself in the middle of a fight over earmarks. Congress will vote this week on a possible two year moratorium on special project funding, or earmarks. Lewis & Clark Executive Director Troy Larson says they have been trying to look ahead on their funding needs…[audio:http://prprt.itmwpb.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/688/2010/11/TROYLARSON1116A.mp3|titles=TROYLARSON1116A]
Larson says the project followed all the rules in getting their federal funding…[audio:http://prprt.itmwpb.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/688/2010/11/TROYLARSON1116B.mp3|titles=TROYLARSON1116B]
Larson says there is a fear their funding could be cut as part of an overall revision in public project funding…[audio:http://prprt.itmwpb.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/688/2010/11/TROYLARSON1116C.mp3|titles=TROYLARSON1116C]
The project, under construction, will deliver water from wells near Vermillion to towns and cities in South Dakota, Iowa and Minnesota. Its expected to cost nearly half a billion dollars by the time it is done.
(courtesy WNAX, Yankton)