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RELEASE: Minnesota House Approves Funding for Lake Orono Dredging Project

Monday, March 04, 2019

ST. PAUL, MN — On Monday the Minnesota House approved HF80, a bill to convert bonding projects previously financed by Legislative-Citizen Commission on Minnesota Resources (LCCMR) bonds to traditional general obligation bonds. Included in the projects was funding for the Lake Orono dredging project in Elk River.

 “This project has been in the works for a number of years and I am happy to see the funds finally secured,” said Rep. Nick Zerwas, R-Elk River. “This project will improve the outdoor recreational experience for those of us that live in and visit Elk River. While I believe that the project’s original funding mechanism would have survived its pending legal challenge, I am ultimately more interested in making sure that the funding is secured so the project can begin this summer. For that reason, I was proud to vote in support of this legislation.”

 Lake Orono is a reservoir formed by a dam on the Elk River. The dam is located on the southeast side of the lake along Main Street. The lake was last drawn down and sediment was removed by dredging in 1998.

Governor Walz is expected to sign the legislation into law later today.