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Federal bailout funds boost Iowa water infrastructure projects

Screenshot of Governor Kim Reynolds’ Facebook page

Federal dollars continue to flow into Iowa as Governor Kim Reynolds announced $38 million in funding Friday morning for three water infrastructure projects, including up to $15 million for the Iowa Confluence project ( ICON) Water Trails in Des Moines.

The money comes from the Water Infrastructure Fund (WIF), a state program funded by Iowa’s allocation of Coronavirus State and Local Fiscal Recovery Funds from the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The law was signed by President Joe Biden in March 2021.

In addition to the ICON Water Trails project, which aims to connect 150 miles of waterways to 86 separate projects providing recreational opportunities, WIF funds will provide $11 million to the Dyersville East Road Utilities project at the “Field of Dreams” site. and over $12 million for the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System.

The Dyersville project aims to provide municipal water and wastewater services to the site made famous by the 1989 Kevin Costner film that was filmed there. The Lewis & Clark Regional Water System is a multi-state venture to deliver water from the Missouri River to 20 rural communities, including five in northwestern Iowa, as well as cities in South Dakota and North America. southwestern Minnesota.

Reynolds announced the news at the Sioux Center, one of the Iowa towns committed to Lewis & Clark.

“Our goal is to build and nurture our communities by investing in infrastructure that promotes healthy, welcoming areas to live, work and raise a family,” Reynolds said.

“Not only will these three grants improve our state’s water infrastructure, they will make significant contributions to economic development.”

by Ty Rushing