Congresswoman Angie Craig Advances $448,000 Request for the City of Zumbrota’s NW Water Main Loop Project

June 30, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC – Today, U.S. Representative Craig announced that her submission for the City of Zumbrota to receive $448,000 was officially approved by the Appropriations Subcommittee on Interior, Environment and Related Agencies. The project is now officially included in the Subcommittee’s Fiscal Year 2022 funding bill, which will soon head to the full Appropriations Committee for approval.

The funding was requested to provide a critical water main crossing of US Highway 52 and protect existing local business from disruption due to a water main failure. Craig submitted her request for Community Project Funding (CPF) for the Fiscal Year 2022 Appropriations process, through which Members of Congress are able to request funding for up to 10 specific projects in their districts which would serve the public good. 

“I’m thrilled that the City of Zumbrota’s water main loop project is on track to receive funding as a part of the federal government’s Community Project Funding program,” said Representative Craig. “This project will safeguard local businesses from disruption and allow further economic development in the community – and I couldn’t be prouder to lead the fight for its funding in the final appropriations package this fall.”  

Currently only one aging water main crossing exists under the highway which serves three large employers within the City of Zumbrota. Included is the extension of watermain from Jefferson Drive to the western side of Highway 52 at Goodhue County Road 168. This water main extension will loop the water system and provide a secondary means of providing water to the existing businesses thereby improving water quality, boosting fire flow, and allowing for the development of a future industrial park. The project provides emergency redundancy to the system and will allow the City to maintain water service to the existing and future businesses in the event of a water main break or shutdown.

The House Appropriations Committee intends to fund community projects on a limited basis in the FY22 Appropriations bills. Therefore, CPF requests that address the most significant needs of local communities or provide a significant public good were more likely to be included. The new CPF program is being implemented with accountability measures to ensure a responsible and transparent process.