Franken wants more federal funds for water system

A southwestern Minnesota water project has been delayed too long, U.S. Sen. Al Franken says.

The Minnesota Democrat told Interior Secretary Ken Salazar that it is time to complete the Lewis and Clark Regional Water System.

“The lack of access to water in southwestern Minnesota is hurting economic development in the region and preventing job creation,” Franken said. “Local partners have paid their fair share of the Lewis and Clark water project, and now it’s time for the federal government to hold up its end of the bargain.”

Franken said the project needs $35 million a year until 2020, but this year’s Obama administration budget includes just $4.5 million.

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