2008 Senate Concurrent Resolution 10 - Printed

State of South Dakota  


Introduced by:     Senators Gant, Abdallah, Albers, Dempster, Duenwald, Hansen (Tom), Hauge, Heidepriem, Hoerth, Hunhoff, Jerstad, Katus, Kloucek, Knudson, Koetzle, Lintz, Maher, McCracken, McNenny, Napoli, Nesselhuf, Olson (Ed), Peterson (Jim), Smidt (Orville), Sutton, and Turbak Berry and Representatives Wick, Ahlers, Boomgarden, Burg, Cutler, Dykstra, Engels, Feinstein, Gassman, Gillespie, Gilson, Glenski, Hackl, Heineman, Hills, Howie, Hunt, Jerke, Kirkeby, Koistinen, Krebs, Lust, Miles, Novstrup (Al), Olson (Betty), Olson (Russell), Peters, Pitts, Rave, Sigdestad, Steele, Thompson, Van Etten, Vanneman, Weems, and Willadsen

         A CONCURRENT RESOLUTION,  Urging the Congress and the President of the United States to restore funding for the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System.
     WHEREAS,  President Bush's FY 2009 budget proposes to eliminate all funding for the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System; and
     WHEREAS,  the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System is a critically needed project that is to improve the quality of life for over 300,000 people by providing quality and plentiful drinking water and by expanding the opportunity for economic development; and
     WHEREAS,  to date, twenty cities and rural water systems have paid over 98.6 percent of their share of the project, totaling $106.5 million; and
     WHEREAS,  the three states participating in the project have either paid in full their share, as in the case of Iowa and Minnesota, or accelerated the funding for the project, as South Dakota

has proposed; and

     WHEREAS,  to date, South Dakota has paid $12.9 million for the project, not including the $6.4 million proposed this year; and
     WHEREAS,  state and local participants have shown their strong support by prepaying or accelerating their payments and will have prepaid its remaining share by 2010; and
     WHEREAS,  continued funding from the federal government is critical for the timely and successful completion of the project; and
     WHEREAS,  approximately eighty percent of the Lewis & Clark Regional Water System funding is from the federal government:
     NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED,  by the Senate of the Eighty-Third Legislature of the State of South Dakota, the House of Representatives concurring therein, that the South Dakota Legislature urges the members of the South Dakota, Minnesota, and Iowa Congressional delegations to do whatever is possible in securing at least $26.5 million, which was the amount Congress enacted for FY 2008, or more.

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