Delegation Announces More Than $10 Million for Garrison Diversion Water Project

Funding Will Allow Spirit Lake Tribe to Ensure Safe Drinking Water

Washington – Senators Kent Conrad and John Hoeven and Congressman Rick Berg today announced that $10.9 million in federal funding has been allocated by the U.S. Department of Interior to the Garrison Diversion Unit (Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program) in an effort to repair and upgrade water storage reservoirs. 

"Clean, safe drinking water is vital to any community.  This funding will allow the Spirit Lake Tribe to replace an aging storage reservoir with a new system that will provide a reliable water supply to communities throughout the region," the delegation said in a joint statement.  "The project will also provide an economic boost, bringing new, good paying jobs in the area." 

Specifically, the funding will allow the Spirit Lake Tribe to replace an existing storage reservoirs, known as Spirit Lake-Tokio Tank & School Tank Projects, to ensure reliable water service to the West Fort Totten area of the reservation.

 The funding will also be used to replace poor quality wells in Logan and McIntosh counties. Once the regional water supply project is completed, improved potable water service will be available to nearly 300 rural residences in Logan and McIntosh counties. 

The funding announced today is in addition to the $16 million provided to Garrison in the Fiscal Year 2012 Energy and Water Appropriations bill. 

The Spirit Lake project was one of six announced nationally today by the Bureau of Reclamation.