A report released by a Twin Cities think tank is recommending that the state of Minnesota use its bonding capacity to fund projects for the smallest communities with the greatest needs in infrastructure improvements.
Representatives of Minnesota-2020, were in Lewiston today (Tuesday) saying this is an excellent time to proactively upgrade and replace aging wastewater infrastructure before they become public health hazards.
Study author Jeremy Dennison said interest rates are low and construction workers are looking for jobs
Dennison said the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency has established a Project Priority List which rates projects that are of greatest environmental need.
Recent upgrades to the Lewiston treatment plant and infrastructure had been number 22 on that list.
The study found that one fourth of the rural sewer lines are between 30 and 50 years old and a third of those are over 50 years old.